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EU copyright reforms a deregulatory victory for consumers - IoD

10 Dec 2015

The Institute of Directors has welcomed the latest proposals on reforming copyright law by the European Commission which would open up access to digital services for consumers across the European Union.

Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy at the Institute of Directors, said:

“The IoD welcomes this proposal to help liberalise the digital single market in the European Union. It is a good example of the type of competition-boosting measure that EU institutions should be pursuing in all areas of the economy.

“The EU has been successful in getting rid of barriers to moving goods between countries, but progress on completing the market in services so far has been much too slow. If the EU is to stay relevant, it has to convince consumers that it understands how they want to use the digital services for which they have paid good money. Not being able to use video or music streaming services abroad is more than just a petty annoyance, it’s symbolic of a bureaucracy which has failed to keep up to pace with changing technologies and the way people live their lives.   

“Intellectual property must be protected, and media companies have concerns that need to be addressed, but the bottom line is that freeing up markets and allowing businesses from across the EU to compete in different countries can only be good for consumers.”

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