The EU Commission is urging creators from around the world to offer their views on existing European copyright rules and whether they should change to meet the challenges of a digital world. The conclusions reached from these views will impact both European creators and American creators whose works are being used in Europe, and will shape the future policy on copyright in Europe. Importantly, many nations look to Europe as an example, so any new copyright laws adopted in Europe could be seen as a model in other countries, including the U.S. By responding to this questionnaire developed by the EU Commission, your voice will be heard. The deadline to have your reply taken into account is March 5, 2014.
Specifically, the questionnaire seeks responses to critical issues for music creators, including fair compensation, respect for rights, online and cross border licensing, resale of digital files, user generated content (UGC), linking, work registration, identifiers and interoperability, term of protection, limitations and exceptions, private copying and enforcement against infringement.
This is a unique opportunity for you, America’s songwriters, composers and music publishers, to share your expectations for the future policy on copyright in Europe, which will ultimately have a global effect. Voice your views on this important debate here by March 5 to help protect the future of creators.