European Commission urges industry to find solution for greater access of online content

In the wave of its blueprint for intellectual property rights released last may, the EU Commission has just held an “orientation debate on content in the digital economy” with the aim of adapting copyright to the new digital era. As part of this strategy, the EC announced on December 2012 a “stakeholder dialogue” to be led jointly by EU Commissioners Michel Barnier (Internal market and services) Neelie Kroes (digital agenda) and Androulla Vassiliou (education, culture, multilingualism) before the end of 2013. The “stakeholder dialogue” should focus, more specifically, on the following areas identified by the European Commission as in need of rapid progress:

(1) Cross-border access and portability of services: The Commission’s objective is to foster cross-border online access and the “portability” of content lawfully acquired in a member state all across Europe.

(2) User-generated content and licensing for small-scale users of protected material. The Commission’s objective is to foster transparency/ clarity in conditions regarding the use of protected material online and encourage a streamlined licensing process for online material.

(3) Audiovisual sector and cultural heritage institutions. The Commission’s objective is to facilitate the deposit and online accessibility of films in the EU for both commercial and non-commercial uses.

(4) Text and data mining (TDM): The Commission’s objective is to promote efficient TDM for scientific research purposes, notably through standard licensing models and technology platforms

In parallel to the stakeholder dialogue, the Commission announced that it will continue its review of the EU Framework, notably through market studies, impact assessment and legal drafting work, with a view to a decision in 2014 on whether to table legislative reform proposals.  [Béatrice Martinet Farano]