1/4/2008

EU plans a single market for online films, music & games

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:16 pm

The European Commission said Thursday it would draw up plans to boost the online market for music, films and games while promising to uphold intellectual property rights.

The commission said content providers, telecom companies and Internet service providers should work together to make more online content available, while ensuring the robust protection of intellectual property rights.

Europe’s content sector is suffering due to diverse and opaque rules on accessing online content amid “serious disagreements between stakeholders about fundamental issues such as levies and private copying,” said EU Commissioner for the Information Society and Media Viviane Reding.

“We have to make a choice in Europe: Do we want to have a strong music, film and games industry? Then we should give industry legal certainty, content creators a fair remuneration and consumers broad access to a rich diversity of content online,” she added.

Reding said she would make recommendations by mid-year “on new ways for achieving a single market for online content.”

 

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