GESAC regrets DIGITAL EUROPE'S unilateral decision to abandon talks on private copying levies

GESAC expressed its surprise on 7 January 2010, having learnt through a press release on Digital Europe's website that ICT industry representatives had unilaterally decided to abandon talks on private copying levies. also reported about Digital Europe's position in an article on 8 January 2010, which indicates that the private copying discussions reached a standstill. 

In a press release (attached), GESAC stated that the announcement was totally unexpected, given that a meeting was to be held in January to finalise a first set of recommendations and agree on a roadmap for future discussions. An EU stakeholder platform on private copying levies has been ongoing since July 2008.