Comodini Cachia launches online consultation on copyright reform - discusses digital challenges with youths
How can I protect my photographs from being used without authorisation once I place them on social media? Who owns content generated when I play a video game? How will copyright reform make publishing of plays and musicals easier? These are some of the questions raised by youths from Malta and Gozo at the European Parliament in Brussels during a Question and Answer session with MEP Comodini Cachia to discuss the copyright reform and challenges they face in their digital lifestyles.
Commenting during the discussion Comodini Cachia, who was recently appointed Rapporteur on the much expected reform by the Committee on Legal Affairs in the European Parliament said “copyright affects us whatever we do. We are all using copyrighted material. We are the ones generating content, we are the users, but we are also creators as well. I thus encourage you to give your input for this reform to truly reflect the digital realities of the 21st century.” During the meeting, Comodini Cachia launched the webpage www.comodinicachia.com/feedback.html whereby Maltese Citizens can give feedback on the copyright reform.
Responding to questions by students about impact of copyright reform on archives, Comodini Cachia said that “it was important to invest in preserving archives and content through digitalisation yet preservation was not enough unless one could learn from the content and thus access to content had to be improved. This would be beneficial for both educators and students.”
Comodini Cachia argued that this reform is taking place at a time when our digital lifestyles have changed considerably and which we cannot change unreasonably. She said that reform needs to retain digital habits of EU citizens yet it should also facilitate creation of new content.
In her concluding remarks Comodini Cachia said that copyright reform needs to allow us to use, enjoy and create content. She said that she will continue to meet stakeholders at national and EU level to ensure that the common concerns are tackled and the right balance between access and protection of content is found.
Earlier on this week Comodini Cachia held the first in a series of hearings with stakeholders at the European Parliament which saw the participation of important stakeholders including the European Consumer Organisation – BEUC, Google and YouTube. Throughout the week Comodini Cachia continued the consultation process through a series of meetings with stakeholders including Spotify. Comodini Cachia also met Facebook to discuss how copyright reform can safeguard digital lifestyle of users while protecting rights of creators.