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More protection for creators and press editors!


The European Parliament adopted its revised negotiating position on copyright rules today, adding safeguards to protect small firms and freedom of expression.

EDP Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez emphasised this significant success at the European Parliament and French MEP Nathalie Griesbeck pointed out that: “it was important to secure a large majority, we did. The creation of the related rights provides more protection for creators and press editors.”

Basque MEP Izaskun Bilbao Barandica emphasised the importance of the approval of this negotiating mandate because to continue delaying the approval of a new copyright directive "only benefits the large Internet corporations. It has been demonstrated that the current regulation leaves creators defenceless in front of these companies. Consequently, this regulation is urgent, and we cannot afford not to pass it in this legislature". Izaskun Bilbao Barandica stressed that the meaning of her vote aims at covering three basic objectives: to guarantee the survival of cultural creators and promoters who are currently defenceless against the advantage that technological giants have in order to take away their position in the value chain generated by their works ; to ensure that the conditions that must be met by the large platforms to ensure that they do not capture the value that creators should receive do not hinder the possibilities for innovation of small Internet operators ; to demonstrate that the European Union is capable of proposing and developing economic, commercial and social standards that can work globally in an area that is par excellence, cyberspace.

She also added that "It is an opportunity to demonstrate that, also in the field of content creation, its circulation in cyberspace and its development in a digital single market, we want sustainable, fair, European social and economic standards to work. Our Union is a benchmark in terms of rights and social justice. In this field, it has the obligation to set trends, to remain so".

Portuguese MEP and EDP Vice-President Antonio Marinho e Pinto concluded that : "I am very pleased that despite the very strong lobbying campaign by Internet giants, there is now a majority in the House which supports the need to protect the principle of a fair remuneration for European creators.” and underlined that: “I believe that, after the dust settles, the Internet will be as free as it is today, creators and journalists will receive a fairer share of the revenue generated by their works and we will ask what the whole fuss was about. "