Final plenary meeting of the 'Licences for Europe' stakeholder dialogue: statement by Neelie Kroes
Brussels - EC/Charlemagne
On 13 November 2013, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, made a statement on the occasion of the final plenary meeting of the "Licences for Europe" stakeholder dialogue.
"Licences for Europe" is a stakeholder dialogue in the area of digital content launched by the European Commission in February 2013. Its objective is to foster practical industry-led initiatives to bring more copyright-protected content online in the Digital Single Market.
The dialogue was jointly led by Neelie Kroes, Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, (in ENGLISH): one thing is clear to all of us: copyright needs to reform for the digital age; this is important for our future economy; it's right to look at non-legislative measures first; and in some cases it was possible; there's a great result on audiovisual heritage, which industry has signed today; European film heritage is the envy of the world; this cooperation showed that different groups can come together and unite around a common objective and a common way forward, even though they would have preferred legislative exceptions, which we still don't exclude for the future; congratulations; now they need to implement and start to digitise, preserve and make that amazing heritage available; but other groups were far less successful; every day scientists find they can't conduct life-saving research; people can't yet watch their favourite TV or films across borders, when they have paid for it; not legally anyway; meanwhile people aren't even sure if they are allowed to upload their own wedding video online; and all because of dated copyright rules; come on, let's move with the times, and not through vague and gradual commitments, but with an ambition and concrete results; these things are happening every day and every day, viewers lose out, science loses out, artists lose out, our shared culture loses out; this is about an industry that needs to respond to customer demand; if they don't do it, others will; so where we have not delivered sufficient results, we must look elsewhere; like reviewing the legal framework; and looking at legislative exceptions; we need a copyright system fit for the digital age; for scientists, for artists, for film and TV lovers, for our culture; copyright should not be a tool of obstruction and control, but something that enables, delivering for every European.