Brussels, BELGIUM — Last September, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “copyright proposal”). This proposal has been denounced as “backward-looking” and failing to “meet the expectations of European citizens and businesses”.

Today, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament adopted its opinion on the proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the sensible compromise from the main political groups on mandatory filtering requirements for user-uploaded content and the liability of Internet intermediaries adopted this morning. This compromise takes into account the current legal framework as well as users’ rights.

CCIA urges the European Parliament and Member States to follow this first step, and to go even further by deleting entirely the provisions undermining the e-Commerce Directive, the backbone of the European digital economy.

CCIA regrets the lack of position from the Committee on the creation of new exclusive rights for press publishers and call on all lawmakers to firmly and decisively reject this detrimental new right, which would undermine the free flow of information on the Internet.

The following can be attributed to CCIA Europe Public Policy Manager Maud Sacquet:

“The Internal Market Committee rejected the European Commission’s proposal to undermine the liability of Internet intermediaries and to implement filtering systems for user-uploaded content by adopting a sensible compromise. CCIA urges the European Parliament and the Council to go even further by rejecting all provisions that undermine the e-Commerce Directive and create new exclusive rights for press publishers.”

Contact:

Heather Greenfield hgreenfield@ccianet.org

Maud Sacquet msacquet@ccianet.org

 

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