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Swiss Government: File-Sharing No Big Deal

December 6, 2011, 1:00 PM

What's the Latest Development?

A new report by the Swiss government says unauthorized file sharing is not a significant issue. It also argues that current Swiss law–which allows for downloading copyrighted content for personal use–is adequate to protect copyright holders. It also considers and rejects changes including a mandatory collective licensing regime that would have imposed a fee on all Internet users that allowed unlimited file-sharing.

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The report was written at the request of the Swiss legislature, which had expressed fear that rampant copyright infringement was endangering Swiss culture. But it found that piracy is only a significant concern for "large foreign production companies," and the latter should adapt to new consumer behavior instead of seeking further legislative changes.


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