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Creative Content Online for EU

European UnionOn January 3rd, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation for the preparation of a recommendation on Creative Content Online for the European Union for a common legal environment for online content, proposing multi-territory licences.EU policies should support the rapid implementation of “new services and related business models for the creation and circulation of European content and knowledge online.”

The European Commission proposes four main directions of action at EU-level:

  1. availability of creative content;
  2. multi-territory licensing for creative content;
  3. interoperability and transparency of Digital Rights Management systems (DRMs); and
  4. legal offers and piracy.

“Looking at some of the details of the European Commission consultation document it seems to be that they are proposing a lot more than just a cross Europe licensing scheme. (…) There is stuff here about transparency and interoperability in digital rights management systems, there is stuff about codes of conduct between internet service providers and rights holders to encourage legal access and discourage unauthorised file sharing.” stated Becky Hogg, executive director of Open Rights Group.

“Europe’s content sector is suffering under its regulatory fragmentation, under its lack of clear, consumer-friendly rules for accessing copyright-protected online content, and serious disagreements between stakeholders about fundamental issues such as levies and private copying,” was the EU Commissioner for the Information Society and Media,Viviane Reding’s statement.

Sources:

  • Commission consultation: the need for pan-European copyright licences (9.01.2008)
  • Communication from the Commission on Creative Content Online in the Single Market (3.01.2008)
  • Commission adopts strategy for “Creative Content Online” (3.01.2008)
  • EDRi-gram: Creative content online – main topic in new EC documents (19.12.2007)

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