The "Licenses for Europe" dialogue was launched in 2013. The dialogue was completed in November 2013 with most tangible result related to digitalisation of audivisual content. Click here for more information. A public consultation was launched on 5 December 2013 in view of the preparation for 2014 of an Impact Assessment accompanying the decision as to whether specific action in this field is required.
What is the problem?
Online, there are new ways of providing, creating and distributing content, and new ways to generate value. The emergence of new business models that use the internet to deliver content represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the creative industries, authors and artists. The nature of activities of non-commercial users of copyrighted works (heritage institutions, researchers) is also changing rapidly. Yet copyright framework and licensing practices are not keeping up with these developments.
Why is EU action required?
The digital economy has been a major driver of growth in the past two decades, and is expected to grow seven times faster than overall EU GDP in coming years. The aim of the European Commission is to ensure that copyright and licensing stay fit for purpose in this new digital context.
What has the Commission done so far?
- On 18 December 2012 the Commission adopted a Communication "on Content in the Digital Single Market".
- A structured stakeholder dialogue, "Licences for Europe" has been established, with the aim to deliver rapid progress to bringing content online through practical industry-led solutions in these 4 areas: cross-border access and the portability of services; (ii) user-generated content and licensing for small-scale users; (iii) online accessibility of films in the EU; and (iv) promoting efficient text and data mining for scientific research purposes. On 13 November 2013, the final Plenary of "Licences for Europe" took place.
- A public consultation was launched on 5 December 2013 in view of the preparation for 2014 of an Impact Assessment accompanying the decision as to whether specific action in this field is required.
What will the Commission do next?
- Market studies, impact assessment and legal drafting work is ongoing with a view to a decision in 2014 whether to table legislative reform proposals.