Copy­right re­form should not close doors to SMEs

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“Mak­ing copy­right work for SMEs does not mean that one had to sti­fle in­no­va­tion or in­tro­duce bur­den­some leg­is­la­tion. We need a bal­anced copy­right re­form that pro­vides le­gal cer­tainty and clar­ity to fos­ter SME growth and in­no­va­tion.”

MEP Therese Co­mo­dini Cachia made these re­marks when open­ing the event ‘Mak­ing Copy­right Work: The Im­pact of Neigh­bour­ing Rights on Euro­pean SMEs and In­no­va­tion’ held at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in Brus­sels.

The event was or­gan­ised by the Small and Medium En­trepreneurs Europe Group of the Euro­pean Peo­ples Party.

Dr Co­mo­dini Cachia said that the cre­ative and cul­tural sec­tor in Europe is made up of sev­eral SMEs which we would like to see grow and in­no­vate. She added “These SMEs al­ready face chal­lenges and it is in Europe’s in­ter­est that we do not place more bur­dens upon them.”

She pointed out that within the copy­right de­bate one finds SMEs which play a va­ri­ety of roles and con­se­quently there is the need to an­a­lyse each pro­posal made by the Com­mis­sion to ver­ify its ef­fect on SMEs. She said, “When dis­cussing neigh­bour­ing rights, we need to keep in mind that we also have SMEs which are press pub­lish­ers, news an­a­lysts, press re­view­ers and many other ser­vice providers. They all give in­put in to­day’s data so­ci­ety and we need to find ways to make copy­right work for these stake­hold­ers. We need to make choices that fa­cil­i­tate the growth of Euro­pean SMEs in the Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Mar­ket, but this does not mean that they are not bound by copy­right rules”.

This event brought to­gether Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment from dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal groups, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion of­fi­cials, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of SMEs such as press pub­lish­ers, news an­a­lysts as well as other stake­hold­ers, to dis­cuss the re­cently an­nounced pro­pos­als from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion on the copy­right re­form. MEP Co­mo­dini Cachia, as rap­por­teur, is lead­ing the de­bate on this much-ex­pected re­form.

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