Keep faith in the copyright levy mediation process
The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) regrets the attempt by Digital Europe to prejudice and pre-empt the recommendations of Mr Antonio Vitorino, the mediator in the EU facilitated mediation process on private copying and reprographic levies. “The timing of the Digital Europe initiative, so close to the culmination of the mediator’s reflection phase, and the appeal outside the mediation process at this late stage of negotiations are unwarranted”, said IFRRO CEO, Olav Stokkmo. “It calls into question the reliability of Digital Europe as a partner and the extent to which it is dedicated to the mediation process.”
At this point, IFRRO makes no judgement on the content of the Digital Europe paper, except to point out that it ignores the fact that the levy system secures not only the remuneration for private copying but also for reprography, which includes both private copying and copying for professional and educational uses. In this context the proposals made by Digital Europe are beside the point.
IFRRO notes the press statement from GESAC, SAA and other organisations representing collectives which administer private copy remuneration.
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