Swiss Parliament Adopts New Copyright Legislation While Keeping Privacy of Internet Users Intact
Sep 30, 2019

Swiss Parliament Adopts New Copyright Legislation While Keeping Privacy of Internet Users Intact

For years, governments throughout the world have been exploring solutions meant to crack down on online copyright infringements and piracy. On the contrary, Switzerland has long been considered a pirate's paradise due to quite lenient laws on copyrighted materials and tolerant anti-piracy legislation when compared to other countries.

Because of this, US authorities went ahead and placed Switzerland on a blacklist, containing countries with insufficient anti-piracy and copyright laws. The main cause of this is directly linked to Switzerland’s data and privacy protection laws. As such, according to the Swiss Supreme Court, the privacy of an Internet consumer is more important when compared to the copyrights of an author. Therefore, while leveraging copyrighted data is indeed illegal, the prosecution of copyright violators, alongside P2P downloaders and up-loaders is almost impossible. 

In the past, efforts have been made to fight copyright infringement in Switzerland, yet most of these efforts were inefficient due to the lack of legislative backing. However, according to recent reports, Switzerland will now update its legal approach to piracy and copyrighted materials, following the Federal Assembly vote. 

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