EWC, FEP and IFRRO organise a Seminar on the Copyright Reform at the European Parliament

Over 80 attendees took part in a Seminar on the Copyright Reform organised by EWC, FEP and IFRRO on 2 February at the European Parliament. The event was co-hosted by MEP Therese Comodini Cachia and MEP Jean-Marie Cavada, rapporteur and shadow rapporteur for the proposal for a Directive on copyright.

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 Photo by Veraliah Bueno 
When delivering his welcome speech, MEP Cavada highlighted that the technological revolution has led to a new digital era that lives too often at the expense of creativity. He added that there was a need to better protect the use of creative works, which embody the human spirit, and to not only leave it to those who provide the “pipes” connecting content with users to make profit out of it. The introduction remarks on the proposed directive on copyright were delivered by Mr Marco Giorello, Deputy Head of the Copyright Unit at the European Commission. 
 
There were two round tables, showing how solutions giving easy access to works are being enabled by RROs for education and the making available and digitisation of cultural heritage. Two examples of successful library digitisation projects were presented by representatives of the German National Library and the Norwegian National library, that have reached licensing agreements with VG Wort and Kopinor and run extensive digitisation projects. On education licensing, the perspectives from the authors, publishers and RROs were presented, with experience from Finland, France and the United Kingdom.
 
In her closing remarks, MEP Therese Comodini Cachia underlined that over the last months stakeholders have expressed their positions on the copyright reform and these have often proven to be quite polarised. She concluded that it was now up to the legislators to find a balanced approach, and she welcomed stakeholders who have come forward with solutions, while adding that she saw no reason why copyright should not work in the digital world as it does in the analogue. 
 
Find here a selection of pictures taken during the Seminar by FEP, and below the presentations made by speakers.
•         Dr Elisabeth Niggemann, National Librarian of Germany
•         Yngve Slettholm, Executive Director of Kopinor and IFRRO’s First Vice-President
•         Madeleine Pow-Jones, Policy and International Relations Manager at the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA)