This is the core finding of my draft report for the European Parliament evaluating 2001’s copyright directive:
Although the directive was meant to adapt copyright to the digital age, in reality it is blocking the exchange of knowledge and culture across borders today. Tweet this!
Europe would benefit from a copyright that promotes creativity not just by locking up past creations, but by broadly encouraging future creation and unlocking a pan-European cultural market.
My report lays out the reform agenda for the overhaul of EU copyright announced in the Commission’s work programme. I’m presenting it to the Legal Affairs Committee tomorrow, Tuesday January 20 at around 11:00am CET (see draft agenda and live video stream).
I want your comments! Please read, rate, comment on and share my report below:
Because reports are subject to a strict character limit, I am submitting some further additions as amendments to my own report. See them here.
Since I was elected, I have received 86 meeting requests by lobbyists and interest groups related to copyright. Graphing the requests per week clearly shows the sharp increase when I was named rapporteur of this report on November 10, 2014:
I did my best to balance out the attention paid to various interest groups. Most requests came from publishers, distributors, collective rights organizations, service providers and intermediaries (57% altogether), while it was more difficult to get directly to the group most often referred to in public debate: The authors. The results of the copyright consultation with many authors’ responses demonstrate that the interests of collecting societies and individual authors can differ significantly.
I support Transparency International in recommending such a “legislative footprint” be routinely published by every rapporteur in the Parliament. See the full table of lobby meetings below:
- Other Legal Affairs Committee members now have a month to submit amendments, which will be debated on Feb 23/24. On April 16, the Committee will vote on the report and its amendments.
- Three other committees will be giving their opinions on my report (Industry, Research and Energy; Internal Market and Consumer Protection; Culture and Education), which also takes the form of a list of suggested amendments.
- Finally, the full plenary of the Parliament will discuss, amend and pass the report. I expect the final vote to take place on May 20.
I will be covering all the incoming amendment proposals on this blog. Public support will be necessary to make sure the amendments strengthen, rather than water down the report.
For the Commission, VP Andrus Ansip will present his Digital Single Market strategy in May, and Commissioner Guenther Oettinger’s legislative proposal on copyright reform is expected for September this year. I expect them to take the report, as well as last year’s public consultation, into account – but I’ll need your help to make sure of it.