• DIGITALEUROPE elaborates on how to adapt the private copying levy system in Europe at the Bulgarian Presidency Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria

    12 April 2018On 15-16 March, DIGITALEUROPE’s Jochen Mistiaen participated at the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU, organized a high-level conference on Intellectual Property Rights in Sofia. The first day was focused on Copyright, while the second day was dealt with the wider IPR field including patents and trademarks, co-organized with the EU Commission and European Patent Office.

    Jochen spoke on the 2nd session of the Copyright event on the private copying levy system in Europe and how to adapt it to the future in a digital world. Representing the ICT sector, DIGITALEUROPE outlined the many practical problems with the device-based levy system, in no small part due to the wide divergences in the EU and the lack of effective transposition and application of EU and Court of Justice case law. In particular, the lack of a business user exemption or reimbursement, unbalanced tariff-setting processes and levies not linked to actual harm or substitution effect have led to confusion, litigation and problems for all layers of the value chain including consumers. DIGITALEUROPE reiterated its call for a stronger EU initiative to harmonize some of these aspects to ensure a functioning Digital Single Market.
    The audience of the event included EU and national government officials, members of European patent and IPR authorities, and representatives from creative and IPR-intensive industries.


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    Jochen Mistiaen
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