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EICTA position on digital copyright

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

DRM & Copyright Levies Working Group

In light of the Copyright Directive (2001/29/EC) clearly stating that technical protection measures should be taken into account when calculating compensation for private copying, the DRM/Copyright Working Group has been leading an initiative to freeze and adapt copyright levies. The working group promotes viable alternatives to the archaic copyright levy system, namely, Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems. These provide an alternative and superior means to ensure compensation to right holders in the digital arena.
EICTA has founded a coalition of Associations representing the European information and telecommunications technology, consumer electronics and digital media industries: the Copyright Levies Reform Alliance (CLRA). Its aim is to press for urgent reform on copyright levies in the EU. The Associations who are members of the CLRA are: the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the European Digital Media Association (EDIMA), the European-American Business Council (EABC), the Recording-media Industry Association in Europe (RAIE) and EICTA.
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Further examples and info on DRM available at the EICTA-BSA DRM web site:
Proposed Directive on the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions (CII)
Computer-implemented inventions include digital technologies in products in all industry sectors, from mobile phones, to traffic control systems to X-ray equipment. The proposed directive seeked to provide clarification and codification of existing patent law and rights with regard to CII inventions in Europe. It aimed to harmonise practice across the EU, to set strict limits against the patenting of pure software, business methods and so-called “trivial” patents and enabled the Commission to review the directive if necessary.
In light of the risk that the directive be amended to narrow the scope of patent legislation in Europe, EICTA welcomed the decision of the European Parliament to reject the proposal. It was a vote for the status quo, which preserves the current system that has served well the interests of our 10, 000 member companies, both large and small. EICTA will continue to make the case throughout Europe for the contribution that CII patents make to research, innovation and to overall European competitiveness.