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Europeans call for a single EU copyright to get more access to online services

Loek Essers | July 25, 2014
Many European consumers are frustrated by frequently being denied access to online services outside of their home countries and are calling on the European Commission to implement a 'common copyright' in Europe. This pits them against publishers and broadcasters, who want enforcement of existing rules instead, a public consultation on EU digital copyright reform showed.

Not everybody agrees, however. The vast majority of publishers, producers and broadcasters do not support the idea of a single EU copyright, the document showed. They argued that such a project may take decades while it is very unlikely it will produce the intended results.

They are afraid that a common copyright would eliminate special safeguards and reduce right holders' level of protection. One key question is whether a single EU copyright would coexist with national copyrights or replace them, they said.

Commercial broadcasters stressed that a single EU copyright could undermine the viability of audio-visual productions, possibly creating problems for licensing content by territory. Instead of a single EU copyright, film producers and distributors proposed that the Commission prioritize the enforcement of existing rules.

Next, the Commission will use the results of the consultation to compose a white paper that is meant to examine whether or how further action on the current EU copyright system is needed. That white paper is expected to be released in the fall, the Commission said.

 

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