While the US struggle with SOPA/PIPA, Switzerland keeps its cool

It’s not that the entertainment industry is completely content about their sales in Switzerland, they’re lobbying there like everywhere else. The difference is that the Swiss government looks through their thinly veiled grabbing for more power.

End of last year, the Bundesrat researched the consequences of piracy on society in economic and cultural terms and concluded that there’s no need for a change of current legislation, under which downloading copyrighted material for personal use is permitted.

The study further found that the money citizens over 15 saved by downloading pirated media eventually gets invested into visits to concerts and movie theaters as well as into games and merchandising.

To the huge foreign production companies that complain the loudest about piracy, the swiss government suggests they check their business model and adapt to the change in consumer behaviour.

I guess it’s the clean mountain air.