The issue of copyrights has long been one of the key components in building a truly European Digital Single Market and the European Committee of the Regions' Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC) adopted today the opinion on the 'Copyright in the Digital Single Market' by EPP-CoR rapporteur Mauro D'Attis, Member of the Brindisi Municipal Council (IT).
The opinion combines two proposals by the European Commission on Copyright - stressing better choice and access to content online and across borders, improving copyright rules on research, education and inclusion of disable as well as a fairer and sustainable marketplace for creators and press. It welcomes the proposed measures concerning the internal market for e-communications designed to speed up dynamic and sustainable growth in all economic sectors and to create jobs, as well as to ensure that copyright rules are modernised in light of the digital revolution and changes in consumer behaviour.
The Rapporteur Mr. D'Attis stated that "in the opinion I wish to stress the importance of transparency in what has been a fragmented market until now, often leading to the detriment of the creator as well as the customer. I also welcome the European Commission's call for the publishers' recognition as right holders. However, I would have liked to have seen the local and regional aspect recognised in the proposals as it is often the collaboration and support at the grass roots level that enables these works."
MEP Therese Comodini Cachia, Rapporteur on the dossier in the European Parliament stressed that “Achieving a Digital Single Market will foster growth and development in all the regions within all MS since the digital interface does not have any frontiers. Enhanced use of digital technologies can improve citizens' access to information and culture, while empowering regions and cities to become active in planning and pursuing their own digital strategies. We need to create the right environment and a level playing field for all players in the DSM including addressing the value gap. However DSM can only flourish by providing high-speed, secure and trustworthy infrastructures and services supported by the right regulatory conditions.”