GSMA-ETNO position paper on the proposed Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market
On 14 September 2016, the European Commission presented its reform proposals on copyright and related rights which form a central pillar of the Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) policy.
GSMA and ETNO member companies are active in various areas relating to the production and distribution of (audio-visual) content, ranging from the acquisition of copyrights, related rights and rights protected in a similar manner than the aforementioned, over the provision of respective (TV and video-on-demand) services to the offering of platforms providing consumers’ access to such content services. The inclusion of the latter services into convergent consumer products has continuously gained in importance for member companies, especially given the consumers’ increasing demand for propositions, which enable access to – preferably any – content anywhere, at any time, over any device.
The GSMA and ETNO welcome the legislators’ endeavour to increase the circulation and availability of works and other protected subject-matter in the Internal Market in the light of growing demand to access content online and via mobile. The GSMA and ETNO suggest that the EU legislator should provide for additional instruments in this regard while respecting the balance of interests involved.