Visit of António Vitorino, EU Mediator in the dialogue on private copying levies, to Michel Barnier: round table and extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 31/01/2013 First transmission: 31/01/2013
António Vitorino, EU Mediator in the dialogue on private copying levies, presented his recommendations on private copying and reprography levies to Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, received, on 31 January 2013 in Brussels. They then held a joint press briefing.
António Vitorino recommends two main streams of action. First, he recommends fostering increased reliance on licences and contractual arrangements as the best way to ensure that right holders are properly remunerated for their creative efforts and investments. In addition, he recommends measures aimed at reconciling disparate national levy systems within the Single Market.
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||Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, welcoming António Vitorino, EU Mediator in the dialogue on private copying levies (2 shots)
||Michel Barnier and António Vitorino showing the Recommendations on mediation on private copying and reprography levies
||Round table with Michel Barnier and António Vitorino (2 shots)
||Arrival of Michel Barnier and António Vitorino to the press corner
||SOUNDBITE by Michel Barnier (in FRENCH) saying that as Internal Market Commissioner, he's been concerned since the beginning of his term by all fractures, divergences and contradictions; there are many that have been identified in the Single Market Act I and II; they have noted the wide divergence of the implementation of the private copying levy and reprography in all Member States.
||Cutaway of the press briefing
||SOUNDBITE by Michel Barnier (in FRENCH) saying that taxes are useful because they help finance those who are entitled to remuneration of approximately, with respect to private copying, 600 million euro per year.
||SOUNDBITE by António Vitorino (in ENGLISH) saying that there are a number of cases pending in the European Court of Justice; for the future, they should also build upon the positions that the Court is about to take on a number of issues concerning the private copy levies; some Member States and some stakeholders have been voicing some alternative models; nevertheless, these new models have not been totally clarified yet; saying that he does recognise that new business models are upcoming but it is too soon to know what kind of business models will tent to prevail in the consumers behaviour.
||Cutaway of the press briefing
||SOUNDBITE by António Vitorino (in ENGLISH) saying that it is necessary to clarify that copies that are made by end users for private purposes in the context of a service that has been previously licensed by right holders do not cause any harm that would required additional remuneration in the form of private copy levies; in what concerns improving the functioning of the internal market and improving the conditions of trans border transactions, his recommendations are: levies should be collected in cross border transactions in the Member State in which the final consumer resides, the liability for paying the levies should be shifted from the manufacturers or importers level to the retailers level or in alternative there could be a system of exemptions to allow for not paying private copy levies for professional users.
||Departure of the speakers