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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

Added: (Wed Feb 14 2001)

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MEPS ADOPT DRAFT DIRECTIVE ON COPYRIGHT:
EUROPE’S PUBLISHERS RELIEVED

Members of the European Parliament voted today at the Plenary in Strasbourg to adopt the Council’s Common Position on one of the most controversial and hard-fought directives in the history of the EU – the directive on Copyright in the Information Society.

After a three-year battle to balance the interests of telecoms companies, Internet Service Providers, artists, consumers, producers, writers and publishers, MEPs adopted the draft directive, thus escaping the conciliation process.

Francisco Pinto Balsemao, Chairman of the EPC said: "With so much at stake for everyone affected by this directive, this was always going to be a difficult debate, but on balance we are satisfied with the outcome. We feel that most of our concerns regarding the protection of copyright for rightsholders and content-providers have been addressed. Intellectual Property is the most valuable asset on the Internet and we have fought hard to guarantee the highest possible level of security for our members so that publishers and all rightsholders will feel secure enough to continue to invest in the Information Society."

For further information, please contact Heidi Lambert Communications in Brussels on Tel: +322 732 5546 or Angela Mills, EPC, in the UK on Tel: +44 1865 310 732.

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14 FEBRUARY 2001








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