Magazine article Screen International

MEPs Make Recommendations on Digital Single Market Strategy

Magazine article Screen International

MEPs Make Recommendations on Digital Single Market Strategy

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In a committee opinion formulated by German MEP Petra Kammerevert, the CULT Committee members addressed issues as diverse as territoriality, release windows, cross-border access and possible reforms to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

The MEPs underlined "the importance of the territoriality principle for Europe's film culture", but argued that there was "no contradiction between the principle of territoriality and measures to promote portability of content." They further advocated "that pan-European licenses should remain an option, should be introduced on a voluntary basis and preceded by a impact evaluation, and that such licensees cannot replace territoriality."

They also called on the European Commission (EC) "to optimise media release windows to accelerate the availiblity of audiovisual content."

Interestingly, EC Vice-President Andrus Ansip reiterated at last week's European Film Forum in Tallinn that it was not his - or the Commission's - place to dictate the length of media release windows, but should be leftto distributors' "entrepreneurial freedom".

On the thorny question of copyright reform, the MEPs stressed that "any revision of copyright law should ensure adequate protection that fosters investment and growth in the creative and cultural sector, whilst removing legal uncertainties and inconsistencies that adversely affect the functioning of the Digital Single Market."

Echoing observations made in Tallinn by David Puttnam and the BFI's Neil Watson during the Film Forum, the CULT Committee members noted that further efforts are needed to improve media literacy "in order to achieve a true DSM in Europe and enable citizens to make full use of new digital technologies. …

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