European law (was: Re: Dear Fedora Community, what do you want?)

Laurence Orchard laurence at
Sun Jun 6 00:02:16 UTC 2004

On Sat, 2004-06-05 at 17:01, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> >> However, I am not convinced that the original poster's statement about
> >> "laws recently approved in the EU that allow one to see his house raided
> >> by private police without a warrant on alledged [sic] violations of
> >> copyright" is accurate and objective.
> > 
> > I'm reffering precisely to what you just noticed. And yes, they're
> > accurate and objective. You can (and probably should) take a look at the
> > directive. It is broad enough to allow that, and as you noticed, that
> > happens in the UK and the USA.
> While I am opposed to software patents,
> I believe you are grossly exaggerating the threat to civil liberties.
> First of all, the EU does not make laws.
> It issues directives to individual states.
> This directive does not require states to create a "private police" force
> with the right to enter houses without a warrant.
> Which "private police" force is entitled 
> to enter houses without a warrant in the UK?
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