The closing event of the Licences for Europe stakeholder dialogue, brokered by the European Commission, takes place today in Brussels. At today’s final plenary meeting, Licences for Europe participants will make pledges to overcome problems European citizens may face in four areas: cross-border access and portability of services; user-generated content and micro-licensing; audiovisual heritage and text and data mining.
Solutions presented today will address issues that consumers, right-holders, service-providers, and end-users face on a daily basis. When implemented, these commitments could provide important added value as they could have a real impact on the availability and accessibility of cultural content online.
Pledges will include:
- The audiovisual industry’s joint statement to continue working to gradually offer cross-border portability of audiovisual services. This would make it easier for consumers to legally access films and TV programmes from their home Member State when travelling abroad on holidays or business trips.
- Multi-territory “one-click micro-licences” offered by record companies and authors’ collecting societies for small scale use of music online. This will, for example, make it much easier for those who wish to use music to do so with legal certainty on their own websites or when posting videos to other sites.
- An agreement by film producers, authors and film heritage institutions on principles and procedures for the digitisation and dissemination of heritage films. This will ensure that many old films which are currently not available online or might otherwise disappear are saved for the future and made available to wider audiences.
Licences for Europe initiatives are the result of ten months of work and exchanges which gathered together stakeholders from the audiovisual, music, publishing and video game industries (authors, producers, publishers, performers, distributors, broadcasters, etc.), internet service providers, technology companies, cultural institutions, web users and consumers, and other interested parties that could contribute their expertise to this matter. It should be noted that some working groups didn’t reach consensus amongst stakeholders, but provided useful insights into issues at stake.