EU: ‘Current European copyright laws are outdated’

Posted 10 September 2012 15:50 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Neelie Kroes, the vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda gave a speech today at  the Intellectual Property and Innovation Summit in Brussels. In her speech she called for a reform of the current European copyright legislation. According to Kroes, the current European copyright laws make that consumers are missing out easy and legal access to content they like and the creative sector misses out on new developments, discoveries and opportunities.

At the moment copyright holders have to deal with 27 different sets of rules when they want to bring out their works pan-European, it even took the BBC years of paperwork to market a TV program across Europe.  According to Kroes this means that Europe is missing a lot of opportunities as for content creators it’s easier to market their content in the United States, where they can reach hundreds of millions of consumers while dealing with a single authority, instead of dealing with 27 authorities in Europe.

Kroes seems to be pleading for a unified European copyright law which could be based on an European directive created in 2001 and she calls for a discussion on the subject. She also mentioned before that she thinks the millions currently spend on the protection of copyrights don’t prevent piracy and make that a lot of consumers are currently fed up with copyright laws. Here at Myce, knowing how the digital world has evolved the last two decades, we think  it’s about time the copyright laws change.

MyCE Member
Posted on: 11 Sep 12 02:12
This lady will be targeted for termination by the MPAA and RIAA.
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Mr. Belvedere
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 11 Sep 12 08:34
Originally Posted by FreqNasty_RiseS
This lady will be targeted for termination by the MPAA and RIAA.
Doubt that. She brought Microsoft to its knees.
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MyCE Die Hard
Posted on: 11 Sep 12 09:28
No one is realizing that she's probably an advocate of the British Model, which is The Worst Of All. "Outmoded" is what she called handling umpteen agencies. Lock up copyrights for 50- or 99-years like these are Hong Kong leases, and everyone would realize, "Yes, they may be recent copyrights, but they're really horrible for maintaining the public's access to art."

We really need streamlined and short-lived copyrights that can be easily renewed IF the artists want. There also needs to be a far better education system FOR artists to recognize what is worthwhile and what isn't. The lawyers and producers know.

I don't know how many of you are Old Film Fans, but giving longer copyrights prevents all of us from having access to thousands of classic films. The rightsholders pretend that withholding those from us makes us crave them all the more. Well, perhaps at first, and for a few. But what it truly does is rob generations from even KNOWING about them. The rightsholders pretend that crops-of-interest will grow without seeding the grounds first.

It's a recipe for Old Art Famine. Old artworks that are withheld from public use should be reverted into public domain much much sooner. This is just another form of monopoly.
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