Proving once again that Europeans won't be outdone by the American copyright lobbys' New Order and the associated zero tolerance for thought crimes, the old world's most urbane and sophisticated beagles have coughed up a doozy piece of proposed legislation designed to protect defenseless multinational corporations from the merciless threat of a public conscience unhindered by proper respect for intellectual property. ZDNet UK's Rupert Goodwins weighs in with this commentary. From the article:
You want to change the tyres on your 2006 model Ford Prefect? Anything other than genuine Ford tyres -- with the genuine Ford ID chip -- will disable your car...By effectively conflating counterfeiting and piracy and criminalising large rafts of IP abuse, the proposal creates legal weaponry of extraordinary power and range while making targets of us all.