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Big Content declares war on the Swiss

by on12 November 2018

You are all pirates

It seems that Swiss neutrality will not protect it from Big Content lobby groups which are trying to drag the country into a conflict with the United States.

Responding to a recent submission to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the MPAA has identified several foreign "trade barriers" around the world.

For those who came in late “trade barriers” is the term that the MPAA uses to identify countries it sees as soft on pirates.

It is a sound lobby tactic. Its politicians will not get out of bed to fight against P2P pirates, but a “trade barrier” is something that needs to be fought at all costs.

One of the countries that's highlighted, in rather harsh terms, is Switzerland.

According to the MPAA, the country's copyright law is "wholly inadequate" which, among other things, makes it "extremely attractive" to host illegal sites.

"Switzerland's copyright law is wholly inadequate, lacking crucial mechanisms needed for enforcement in the digital era", theMPAA writes. The European country has plans to update its laws, but the proposed changes are not significant improvements, Hollywood's trade group insists.

Last modified on 12 November 2018
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