The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws.

The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws.

The Commission -- the European Union's executive body -- said the three markets had failed to incorporate into law the 2001 EU Copyright Directive, which is intended to provide legal protection against copyright theft. "Should they continue in not complying with the Copyright Directive, the Commission...may ultimately ask the Court for fines to be imposed on these member states," the EC says in a statement.

The European Court of Justice had already ruled against the three territories last year for non-implementation of the 2001 directive.

Separately, the Commission has postponed legal proceedings on the United Kingdom over the country's failure to implement the directive in Gibraltar. According to the EC, British authorities say that implementation in that territory "is imminent."

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