19 mars 2010

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HARMONISATION OF COPYRIGHT IN EUROPE

FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF EUROPEAN FILM DIRECTORS

If one asks what kinds of harmonisation of copyright we as film directors would find acceptable, the first question we must ask in return is: Harmonization – in order to achieve what goal?

In relation to the ongoing discussion about online distribution and consumer access the short answer is that the problem is not national copyright legislation, but licensing practices and the way films are financed in Europe today.

The more ambitious answer to the question of harmonisation would be: In order to make European cinema and television thrive, we must adopt harmonised policy and legislative measures that are not only consumer friendly but also creator friendly and in the long sustainable term there is no contradiction between the two.

Full Document: FERA position on Harmonization of copyright