Vote on copyright reform is step in the right direction

Today, Members of the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee voted in favour of a report containing proposals for reform of copyright laws in the EU. The report calls for more protection for the creators and consumers of content and aims to provide a fair and balanced approach between competing interests.

Labour MEP for the North West of England and Labour Party spokesperson on Industry in the European Parliament, Theresa Griffin welcomed today’s vote saying:

“The rights of creators and how to ensure fair remuneration for their work is an important part of my work as an MEP. I have worked with my Labour Party colleague, Mary Honeyball, who sits on the Legal Affairs Committee, on this report.

“Today’s vote sends a strong message to the European Commission. Copyright laws must offer protection in both the physical and digital worlds and this report asks for minimum standards to apply across the whole EU.

“Comprehensive copyright reform is necessary to guarantee fair remuneration for creators and to protect consumers’ rights. We must ensure people have access to cultural content and can benefit from content from the whole of the EU but we need a fair and balanced approach to ensure creators are compensated for their work. If we can’t do this we risk losing Europe’s rich cultural and creative industries.

“I also want the Commission to look at the role of intermediaries in the provision of cultural content. It should not be fair for creatives, artists or authors to struggle to survive and to be fairly compensated for their work while, at the same time, it is making big money for big business. Any new copyright laws must address this issue.

“Finally, I am delighted to see that the proposed exemptions for education and for libraries were accepted by the Legal Affairs Committee. These exemptions will allow a much wider audience to access content than might otherwise be able to do so.

“This vote is an important step in the right direction, MEPs have made the European Parliament’ position clear – we want to see a system which gives protection to both creators and consumers. We want a system which benefits all sections of the market and which successfully balances competing needs to allow European cultural content to thrive.”