The European Commission has adopted a Communication which sets out parallel tracks of action to be undertaken during the Commission's term of office to ensure that the EU's copyright framework stays fit for purpose in the digital environment.
A structured stakeholder dialogue, jointly led by Commissioners Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services), Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth), will be launched in 2013 to seek to deliver rapid progress in four areas through practical industry-led solutions.
In parallel, the on-going review of the EU framework for copyright legal will be completed, based on market studies, impact assessment and legal drafting work, with a view to a decision in 2014 on whether to table legislative reform proposals.
Issues to be addressed by the stakeholder dialogue will be:
- Cross-border access and the portability of services
- User-generated content and licensing for small-scale users of protected material
- Audiovisual sector and cultural heritage institutions
- Text and data mining
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