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.
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.