Neelie Kroes: copyright must quickly kick




European copyright must quickly kick. This is suggested by Commissioner Neelie Kroes of ICT, which will soon leave. The current copyright directive dating from 2001 and it may be years before it is actually an updated guideline.

Neelie Kroes Kroes called for the rapid adaptation during a conference on information law that organizes the University of Amsterdam. “The current copyright directive dating from 2001, since then the world has changed completely,” said Kroes.

Kroes leaving soon as Commissioner, but in the past has often called for revision of the copyright law. Currently, the European government is considering a revision of the copyright law, but an update to the directive may have to wait years is partly because countries are required to transpose into national law., After the adoption of the Directive

According to the Commissioner, the purpose of copyright law to encourage by example, makers of films, games and books paid enough creativity. “But if someone legal uncertainty material dare not remixes, what allows for more creativity?” Says Kroes. The same applies to regional blockades, eg YouTube videos that can not be seen in a given country. “How does that help the artist?” Kroes wonders. “Our economy has no benefit.”

“Every day people break the law to do something we normally find. But how can you blame them, if the laws are so poorly adapted to modern times?” Said Kroes, which she refers to illegal downloading. “A good copyright helps content creators to reach people, and ensure that consumers have access to a wide range of culture,” said Kroes. “But at the moment it does not. Makers lay it down, the consumer puts it off, and the economy puts it off. This system is no better.”

Kroes also stated that there are no plans to address. Illegal downloaders to “We continue to focus our sights on commercial parties that infringe on a large scale,” said Kroes. Netherlands has a download ban in April, when the European Court of Justice held that downloading copyrighted material from illegal sources should not be allowed.


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