Dutch MPs deny illegal downloading claims

11th January 2012, Comments 0 comments

MPs haven’t been downloading copyrighted material via computers in the parliament building in The Hague, says a parliamentary spokesperson.

News website nu.nl claimed to have discovered that books, television series, software and pornography had been downloaded by MPs via connections in the Lower House.

However, the spokesperson says the investigative journalists at nu.nl got information from IP addresses which haven’t been used by the Lower House for 10 years. The provider appears not to have changed the details to show who is using the addresses at present.

The parliamentary authorities have now asked the provider to change the details. Thorough investigations are underway to see if copyrighted material has been downloaded via the present IP addresses in parliament. The spokesperson points out that no such downloads have as yet been discovered.

MPs are presently debating the possible introduction of legislation banning the downloading of copyrighted material.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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