The following is from a post at fh.org (I don't read German).
Another shambles of a law, i suggest you phone/write your MP immediately if your German.
The new law coming from the ministry itself is very likely to go into effect next year. It basically says that the right to your private backup copy is dead. Circumventing DRM, even copying something for your own purposes that way can and will result in up to two years of prison - commercial copying and distribution in up to five years.
The industry lobby even managed to get rid of passages that would have acertained leniency in smaller cases. So rejoice, CD-copying schoolkids and basic custumers: you have advanced to the status of big criminals. Might as well rob a bank to pay legally for your everything - you could get away with less jail time.
The wort part of the new "Urheberrechtsnovelle" (copyright law concept) though is that the music and film industry will be given the right to demand user data from the ISPs (!!). Privacy advocate groups are calling this a huge scandal.
Frankly, this whole thing sounds like it's violating basic privacy principles of democracy to me. Criminal justice can't be executed by anyone else than the state and mixing it with civil justice this way seems to be violating every legal principle. But then, what do I know? The US got the Patriot Act, so a violation of citizens' rights could happen here just the same
quick somebody inform john carpenter so he can gear up for his latest snake plisken film "Escape From Berlin" where in the not too distant future of 2007 he is caught raping and murdering 3million 10 year old girls, but the movie industry and german government find out some schoolkids are copying dvds and offer him a free pardon if he goes in and kills the lot of those copying smacktards haha fucking jeb ends
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