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Great, that way any jerk can sue anyone for anything at no cost! (I'm not trying to denigrate Estonians, it will happen anywhere.)
Posted May 15, 2004 21:44 UTC (Sat) by XERC (guest, #14626)
In Estonia, sueing is seen as very extreme and bad case and I haven't yet heared, that anybody(excluding lawyers) would considere sueing as a way of doing business in Estonia.
For instance, in one case, a localsecurity firm infringed a copyright of a local software firm. Theissue got in to the news, but it was solved outside of the court, just bysimply paying the license fees. Practically, BSA(read: M$) is the mainfirm, that sues others. I guess, that BSA was also the main lobbyer ofthe local IP laws, that consider copyright infrigement a huge crime, resulting 30000EUR in fines(to the state, not to the software company, sono "damages" can be seaked) + up to 3 years of imprisonment for the CEO orCIO.
So, although there are many things in Estonia, that an intelligent Estoian feels ashame of(like a lieing, authoritarian and indirectly corrupt mayor of the Estonian capital, Tallinn), Estonia is not a suers heaven.
Posted May 18, 2004 17:30 UTC (Tue) by clugstj (subscriber, #4020)
Posted May 15, 2004 21:56 UTC (Sat) by XERC (guest, #14626)
The "jerk" has to prove his/her bad financial position in orderto be eligible for the free representation. So, the firms orotherwise citizens with appropriate financial means will have to hire their representation by themselves. Practically it means, thatone can't pick a poor citizen and blackmail his/her IP, or what everelse, without a real, community serving, reason.
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