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Ansip: ‘Copyright restricts Single Digital Market’

Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice President responsible for the Digital Single Market, has suggested that Europe’s rules on copyright need to be updated to make them fit for the digital age, describing copyright as a restriction holding back the full development of the Digital Single Market.

Speaking at a debate organised by the European Internet Foundation in Brussels, Ansip said his vision was for a digital area:

  • where goods, people, services and capital can move freely;
  • where everyone can access and carry out online activities, across borders and with complete ease, safely and securely;
  • where there is fair competition, regardless of nationality or place of residence, underpinned by a clear legal structure.

“Unfortunately, we are still a long way from achieving that vision,” he admitted, adding that there were still too many barriers and restrictions, which meant that Europe was losing out on unexploited potential.

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Source: Advanced Television

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