22 November 2011

EU - Who feeds the artist ?

Speech by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, Forum d'Avignon 19 November 2011, Avignon, France. Is the current copyright system the right and only tool to achieve our objectives? Not really, I'm afraid. We need to keep on fighting against piracy, but legal enforceability is becoming increasingly difficult; the millions of dollars invested trying to enforce copyright have not stemmed piracy. Meanwhile citizens increasingly hear the word copyright and hate what is behind it. Sadly, many see the current system as a tool to punish and withhold, not a tool to recognise and reward.