The constant tussle between ISPs and copyright owners in Europe has resulted in something new. Entertainment and software companies claim that they are deprived of their revenues, which may amount to millions of dollars, on account of online piracy. In order to prevent unauthorized sharing and downloading of copyrighted contents, the government had made copyright laws more stringent. However, the European Commission is in the process of finding a middle path that would permit legitimate users copy some parts of copyrighted content, while punishing persons committing serious copyright theft. According to the EU Commission, ” The Commission’s objective is to ensure that copyright stays fit for purpose in this new digital context.”
The EU copyright law of 2001 which was enacted to put a check over sharing large digital files would eventually be revamped. The new legislation which is expected to come into force by 2014 would highlight the concept of “fair-use” thereby protecting legitimate users.
“Online “fair use” might let people use a snippet of someone else’s song in a parody posted on the video-sharing website YouTube”, the Commission stated. The new legislation is an attempt to strike a balance between the rights and interests of copyright owners and “fair-use” of copyrighted works, at the same time taking cognizance of serious copyright infringement.
Contributed by: Aruna Mukundd