Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The copyright system should accomodate legal access to the content we love

For Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Croes, the European copyright system needs to "make it easier for artists to promote their work widely, and to make a living from it". But unfortunately, "the current copyright system achieves all of those objectives poorly."
The copyright system for the digital age needs to be reformed be to make it easier to legally access the content we love. "If you’re in Belgium, for example, licensing restrictions often prevent you legally buying MP3 downloads from other EU countries – even though you could buy the physical CD online and have it posted. Those restrictions to buying cross-border are not just a barrier to our single market: they’re also frustrating for citizens, they prevent artists getting proper reward and recognition, and they make it harder for new ideas like Spotify to spread across the EU."

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