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March 3, 1999


By CBR Staff Writer

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) Europe said on Tuesday that it has joined forces with copyright associations representing the music and film industry to call for greater government commitment to fighting piracy. Together with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the Motion Picture Association, the International Video Federation and the Interactive Software Federation of Europe, the BSA is presenting a response to the European Commission’s recent green paper on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Single Market. EU ministers have been ‘hearing’ industry responses to its green paper in Munich this week and are due to issue a statement on the outcome today. According to EU sources, the primary goal of the current initiative is to find ways of coordinating the enforcement of existing laws, through greater inter-border cooperation, and more proportionate and dissuasive penalties. However, the possibility of new directives was not ruled out. The BSA claims that copyright piracy in Europe causes losses of more than 2.5 billion pounds($4bn) every year.

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