Things will be hotting up soon on the copyright front, with the European Commission's white paper on Copyright due at the beginning of July.
In the meanwhile, I'm really pleased to welcome publication by the European Publishers Council (EPC) of its new vision paper on copyright, entitled "From Vision to Reality: Copyright Enabled on the Network" to which I was a contributor as EPC's copyright advisor. You can find a link to the Press Release, the Paper itself and an Executive Summary here.
The paper has been presented to EC Vice President Michel Barnier with specific recommendations that are designed to help realise the full potential of the media and publishing ecosystem to the benefit of creators and every internet user.
The paper is built around '3 digital elements': the technical infrastructure, specific parts of the legislative framework to be adapted in line with digital media developments, and innovative practical solutions, based on licensing and clear guidelines to promote transparency. The key point is that none of those elements, in isolation, is the solution. That lies in the 3 elements in combination.
Having declared my interest, I am confident that this paper will make a significant contribution to the copyright debate in Europe and beyond, by looking at the challenges from all parties' perspectives. It demonstrates the role that technology will increasingly play in moving rights management fully out of the filing cabinet and onto the network; it pinpoints where there is a case for adaptation to the legal framework and puts forward licensing and other solutions.
So well worth a read!
Have a good week.