Copy­right re­form needs to re­flect in­creased dig­i­tal life­style Co­mo­dini Cachia

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“Copy­right re­form is about mak­ing sure that peo­ple can en­joy and ac­cess cre­ative and cul­tural con­tent in their dig­i­tal life­styles; it is about fa­cil­i­tat­ing the life of ser­vice providers to be able to pro­vide ac­cess to con­tent; and about en­sur­ing that while we en­joy and have ac­cess to con­tent that ex­ists, we con­tinue to in­vest in op­por­tu­ni­ties of hav­ing new con­tent by en­sur­ing law­ful ac­cess to con­tent.”

MEP Therese Co­mo­dini Cachia made these re­marks dur­ing the Dig­i­tal As­sem­bly 2016 an event co-or­gan­ised by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and the Slo­vak Pres­i­dency of the Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union in Bratislava, Slo­vakia. Dr Co­mo­dini Cachia who is EPP Group spokesper­son on copy­right said that both cre­ators and con­sumers need to be as­sured of their rights in the dig­i­tal sin­gle mar­ket.

Dur­ing a brief­ing on Mod­erni­sa­tion of the EU copy­right rules fol­lowed by a Ques­tion and An­swer ses­sion with stake­hold­ers to dis­cuss the up­date of the Copy­right Frame­work pro­posed on 14th Septem­ber 2016 by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, Dr Co­mo­dini Cachia stated that the re­form could make new dig­i­tal op­por­tu­ni­ties more ac­ces­si­ble to sec­tors such as re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and cul­tural her­itage preser­va­tion.

She added “This is our op­por­tu­nity at mak­ing cul­ture more avail­able across bor­ders. It is also our op­por­tu­nity to sup­port teach­ers in class­rooms and eLearn­ing pro­cesses as well as un­leash the po­ten­tial of data anal­y­sis.”

Dr Co­mo­dini Cachia added that the copy­right re­form was an im­por­tant step for­ward to bridge the gap be­tween ana­logue and dig­i­tal op­por­tu­ni­ties for cul­tural and cre­ative con­tent and for stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing end users. She em­pha­sised that copy­right should not be seen as a bar­rier for cre­ative and cul­tural con­tent to thrive on­line. “I want con­sumers to have bet­ter ac­cess to more films, music, art, per­for­mances and other cul­tural con­tent.”

The Dig­i­tal As­sem­bly 2016 with the theme Putting the Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Mar­ket at the heart of Europe was at­tended by high-level of­fi­cials from EU Mem­ber States and Euro­pean In­sti­tu­tions, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­dus­try and academia, start-ups and NGOs.

The Slo­vak Prime Min­is­ter Robert Fico, the Slo­vak VicePrime Min­is­ter Peter Pel­le­grini, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s Vi­cePres­i­dent An­drus An­sip and Com­mis­sioner Gün­ther Oet­tinger were also present.

The next Dig­i­tal As­sem­bly will be held in Val­letta, Malta.

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