Am 17. Februar 2015 - 19:48 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Other EU Committees mostly agree with Reda's report

Publikationsdatum 17.02.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

On January 20, Julia RedaMEP for the German Pirate Party and Vice President of the Greens/EFA group, presented the draft report evaluating 2001's EU copyright directive (InfoSoc) to the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament. Now the other committees connected to this subject have published their opinion on this report.

The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection mostly agrees with the draft report. It also stresses "the need to ensure appropriate remuneration right holders" as well as the fact that a territorial fragmentation "create[s] additional legal costs and legal uncertainty". Furthermore, it "emphasises the important role that exceptions and limitations agreed on for public-interest reasons, for the purpose of education and teaching, play in providing access to knowledge".

The Committee on Culture and Education seems to agree with the draft report as well. In their opinion it stresses that "embedding and linking should not be considered acts of communication to the public" and thus should not be considered an infringement of the rights holder's exclusive right to making available his work online (see Article 3 of the InfoSoc-Directive).

As the next step, the Committee on Legal Affairs will vote on Reda's report and subsequently transmit it to the plenary of the Parliament. For now, it looks like the report will have a good chance to be adopted. If this will be the case, it becomes a non-legislative and non-binding resolution representing the current opinion of the Parliament on this issue.  In consequence, this might influence the Commission's proposal for the upcoming copyright reform.

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