More than four months after the end of the European Commission’s public consultation on copyright review, the Directorate-General for the Internal Market has just released an analysis of the more than 11,000 responses. The 100-page report documents the huge demand for copyright reform.
Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament (Pirate Party): “The European Commission’s report clearly states: People in the EU demand a single European copyright. Instead of blocked videos and a confusing web of national regulations they want to share knowledge and culture across borders. Their demand is supported by scientists, libraries and other public institutions who also insist on Europe-wide rules.” 
“Having seen the report, it is downright inconceivable to see some members of the parting Commission continue to insist on a nationally fragmented copyright. The circulating leak of a draft white paper on copyright is an Call to Inaction.” 
According to news reports, the inner-services consultation of the Commission on this white paper resulted in two negative opinions from other Directorates-General. As a result, the white paper release has been postponed until the Fall. 
“The Commission has to seize the opportunity to substantially improve on the copyright white paper in the course of this delay”, says Reda. “Before being elected President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker declared his support for a European copyright that is easy to comprehend. The parting Commission now has to lay the foundation for this ambitious reform agenda.”
In the hearing conducted by the Greens/EFA EP group, Juncker responded to a question by MEP Reda: ‘Copyright must not impede Europe’s digital ambitions but it must become an instrument of mobilisation of European digital capabilities.” 
Sources: Report of the European Commission
- pg. 89 “the vast majority of end users/consumers consider that the EU should persue the idea of a single EU copyright title”.
- pg. 7: “[Users] consider the blocking of content to be mostly arbitrary and unpredictable”.
- pg. 91: “the vast majority of institutional users are also generally in favour of the idea of a single EU copyright title”.
- pg. 91: “Academics generally consider that the EU should pursue the objective of a single EU copyright title in the medium term and that current approach of harmonisation by specific directives with many optional provisions (notably on exceptions/limitations) is not sufficient”.
 European Voice: Barnier forced to delay copyright roadmap
 Hearing of candidate Juncker for President of the European Commission (POTEC) in the EP group Greens/EFA on July 9, 2014
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