Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Action 4: Wide stakeholder debate on further measures to stimulate a European online content market

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After an extensive stakeholder dialogue, report by 2012 on the need for additional measures beyond collective rights management allowing EU citizens, online content services providers and right-holders to benefit from the full potential of the digital internal market, including measures to promote cross-border and pan-European licenses, without excluding or favouring at this stage any possible legal option.
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What is the problem? Europe lacks unified and efficient markets in creative content sectors, Europe's copyright framework is falling behind digital developments.

The Commission has identified a range of specific issues to be addressed, including cross-border portability of content, user-generated content, data- and text-mining, private copy levies, access to audiovisual works and cultural heritage.

The Commission will also look into mitigating the effects of territoriality in the single market; agreeing appropriate levels of harmonisation, limitations and exceptions to copyright in the digital age; and improving the legitimacy of enforcement in the context of wider copyright reform.

Why is EU action needed? To create a true digital single market

Unlocking this part of the digital single market would help Europe's economic recovery, one of the key aims of the EU 2020 strategy.

What will the European Commission do?

In 2013

The Commission will pursue two parallel tracks of action:

  • A structured stakeholder dialogue to explore the potential and limits of innovative licensing and technological solutions in making EU copyright law and practice fit for the digital age.
  • Market studies, impact assessment and legal drafting work with a view to a decision in 2014 whether to table legislative reform proposals.

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