Intellectual property enforcement gets support from European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted through a report expressing support for stronger enforcement of intellectual property rights throughout the European Union. The Commission will now formulate proposals in this area relating to a comprehensive strategy which will remove the obstacles to creating a single online environment and adapt the European legislative framework in this area in accordance with current trends and the latest developments.

In particular, the resolution by the European Parliament calls for the Commission to bring forward proposals for criminal sanctions for intellectual property infringement, to raise awareness of intellectual property rights’ value amongst consumers, to impose greater liability on internet service providers for infringements, and to extend "private copy mechanisms".