Christian Engström, Pirat

11 november 2010

EU Commissioner: ”Copyright is not end in itself”

Filed under: English,informationspolitik — Christian Engström @ 14:40

Commissioner Neelie Kroes speaking about copyright and the Digital Agenda

EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who is responsible for the Digital Agenda, gave a very interesting speech at a conference last Friday:

Take for instance copyright. For 200 years, it has proved a powerful way to remunerate our artists and to build our creative industries. But copyright is not an end in itself. Copyright exists to ensure that artists will continue to create. Yet we see more and more often that it is not respected. In some sectors, the levels of piracy demand that we ask ourselves what are we doing wrong. We must ensure that copyright serves as a building block, not a stumbling block.

Torrentfreak has an article about the speech, and Techdirt has some more highlights from it.

It is very encouraging to hear at least one Commissioner saying something else about copyright than the usual mantra of ”more enforcement, more, more, more”.  I definitely hope that the Commission will start look to for a more constructive way forward than the one it has been pursuing so far, and that this speech by Commissioner Kroes is the beginning of something new.

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4 kommentarer

  1. Is this really true? Then it’s awesome.

    Kommentar av Calandrella — 11 november 2010 @ 16:00

  2. Neelie Kroes has apparently been a voice of reason and a strong liberal in the netherlands for many years so we can always hope. Then again, given that the various EU nations appear to use the commission as the dumping ground for incompetents and inconvenient people in general, it may be that her liberal stance has earned her the dubious honour of exile from at-home politics.

    Kommentar av Scary Devil Monastery — 11 november 2010 @ 16:37

  3. The battle against non-commercial copying that politics have stupidly pursued, has failed because it has been all based on Punishing Welfare and Caring.

    Kommentar av Jakob — 11 november 2010 @ 19:26

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