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. EurActiv.com 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.