[TorrentFreak] ISPs, Academics and Citizens Oppose EU Anti-Piracy Legislation
Today the European Commission published the responses to a public consultation on Europe’s anti-piracy directive IPRED. As expected, there is a huge divide between the copyright holders on the one hand, and Internet providers, academics and citizens on the other. The latter fiercely oppose the draconian measures that IPRED introduces, claiming it threatens basic human rights while stifling innovation.
[...] the majority of the respondents argue that the entertainment industry itself is one of the causes of piracy, due to the lacking availability of legal content.
Most citizens go even further and call for legalizing file-sharing entirely, as it helps the free exchange of information.