The below was posted on www.theregister.co.uk. It was a letter sent in by a Labour Party member, indicating it's not all bad news, and infact the law isn't a law as such, just a guidline to law. It's upto individual states to implement it how they see fit... "Dear Sir, The American quoted in your article clearly doesn't understand how EU legislation works. It is now a matter for member states of the EU to translate the directive - which is a framework for law, not the law itself - into their national laws. If member states want to crack down on file sharers the directive approved by the European Parliament makes no odds - they can do that anyway. But given that the directive does not require member states to come down hard on individuals swapping files on a small scale there are no grounds for implying that, if they do, it is because of this directive - it will entirely be a matter for member states and their parliaments. Those arguing against this directive have used scare tactics throughout and as a result have consistently alienated the vast majority of legislators in the European Parliament. Intellectual freedom is a valuable thing and its cause is being damaged by people who constantly cry wolf. Britain has had laws very similar to those required by the directive for some years now and I do not see police raiding the homes of file sharers on a regular basis and nor do I see the development of OSS being halted - I should know, I have written several Linux kernel modules. Claims that the DMCA is coming to Europe are ridiculous. A lot of those who opposed this directive did so because they do not believe in any sort of prohibitive intellectual property protection. It's a legitimate argument (though not one I support) but it has been tarnished by their decision to try to scare the living daylights out of people with talk of a coming "police state". Yours sincerely, Adrian McMenamin Press Officer, European Parliamentary Labour Party" The ruling does of course suck, and it illustrates clearly how corrupt our politicians are. The individual who brought this ruling to the European Parliament is married to the Director of UniversalVivendi in Germany (or Europe) I can't remember which. So there you have it folks, if you want a license to print money get into politics...the real breeding ground for bribery, corruption and probably piracy as well!