Izjava za javnost

Copyright Directive: we stand for legal certainty on the web

Strasbourg
, 05.07.2018 - 12:45
Business woman working on desk

“We regret that the European Parliament has rejected the mandate for the negotiations with the Member States as it could have been a real step further in establishing a legal certainty between the copyright holders and users on the internet. The compromise draft that was prepared by the Legal Affairs Committee reflected months of preparation and careful deliberations to adapt copyright rules to the realities of the digital era, and we believe that this text represents a good basis to enter negotiations with the EU Governments. We are ready to defend this compromise and convince our colleagues for the vote in September”, said Axel Voss MEP, Parliament’s Spokesman on copyright. The European Parliament refused the mandate regarding the negotiations on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, a file that had already been proposed by the European Commission back in 2016. The new Directive aims to introduce new rules regarding publishers’ rights, addresses the problem of a value gap, as well as setting out a text and data mining exception. Today’s rejection means that the plenary will discuss the content of the Copyright Directive at its plenary session in September.

“What I regret is the massive scale of false arguments used in recent weeks against the compromise. Whether they have been intentional or just a result of the lack of information, they managed to create an atmosphere that the internet is about to collapse. There can’t be any more false statements like that. Let me repeat, nobody in the European Parliament wants to establish ‘censorship’, ‘filters, a ‘link-tax’ or the restriction of the freedom of speech. Those who imply differently are consciously spreading fake news and are acting solely in the interest of big online platforms. What we want is to reinstate the rules that would ensure legal certainty for the use of copyright-protected works between the right holders and the user. The online encyclopaedias such as Wikipedia will be explicitly exempted. But we address the issue that online platforms that have as a main purpose to share the works uploaded by its users often neglect the infringements of copyright. They profit from it and we want them to bear the burden of responsibility so they make sure that the uploaded works are not infringing copyright rules. We must address this value gap in our future negotiations with the Council”, said Voss.

The new copyright reform also concerns press publishers, whose content is used by news aggregators to generate profit. What is at stake is the survival of journalism and the protection of the quality of journalistic work. “We believe that press publishers need to receive a fair share for the use of their content on the internet, as most of the generated revenue at the moment goes to the news aggregators. We want to strengthen the role of smaller publishing houses as they can now easily defend themselves face to face with the big internet platforms and will have a better chance of receiving fair remuneration for their content. This is the only way to protect independent journalism and save the whole profession. A World Wild Web on the internet where big players disrespect the small publishers could end up with thousands of journalists losing their jobs”, he concluded.

Opomba uredniku
Skupina ELS je z 219 člani iz 28 držav članic največja politična skupina v Evropskem parlamentu

Kontakt evropskega poslanca

-
Axel VOSS
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845302 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849302
E-pošta: axel.voss@europarl.europa.eu

Kontakt tiskovnega urada

Marek Hannibal
Press Officer on Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, Legal Affairs and Czech Media, Canada Delegation
Phone: +32 475 753 048

Zadnje

#UksLastSummer
16.07.2018 - 18:16

UKsLastSummer: your rights when travelling in the EU

The summer holidays have started! Which EU country are you going to visit this summer? Did you know that your holidays may be less hassle...
Ensuring that consumers have the same quality of product across the EU
12.07.2018 - 12:00

Ensuring that consumers have the same quality of product across the EU

Last year, it emerged that there were differences in the quality of food and non-food products being sold in different EU countries between, for...
Back lit money bags with euro symbol in vault
12.07.2018 - 10:37

EPP Group wants independent Monetary Fund under Union law

The EPP Group wants the planned European Monetary Fund (EMF) to be independent and integrated into Union law. "The European Stability...
Woman checking food labelling
12.07.2018 - 09:50

Dual quality of products

Products sold under the same brand name must have the same composition throughout the EU - this is the key message from the EPP Group’s Ivan...

Poudarki tedna

09.07.2018 - 13.07.2018
Cloud computing security

More muscle to combat threats to our networks

As threats to our vital networks and information structures are rising, we need to strengthen our ability to prevent, detect and respond to problems...
Happy family with child and shopping bags in city

Better work-life balance for parents and carers

On Wednesday afternoon, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee will vote on the legislative draft Report establishing a better work-life balance...
Human Hand Holding The New Apple Tv Siri Remote

New audiovisual media rules

Members of the Culture and Education Committee will endorse the political agreement reached on the reform of the EU legislation on Audiovisual Media...
Medical touchscreen