PORTABILITY OF ONLINE CONTENT SERVICES
This seems to be a logical consequence driven by the emergence of IP technology, new devices and changes in customer habits.
Cable operators have launched new services to meet such customer demand, for example, services enabling cable subscribers to watch their content on computers, tablets and/or smartphones, and want to offer their customers access to their services wherever they are in the EU.
We have welcomed the regulation on portability of online content services and look forward to allowing cable customers to watch their favourite TV content when travelling in the EU.
IPR ENFORCEMENT DIRECTIVE
The EU IPR Enforcement (IPRED) Directive defines civil and administrative measures to fight intellectual property rights (IPRs) infringements.
In April 2016, Cable Europe responded to the Commission’s public consultation on the evaluation and modernisation of the legal framework for the enforcement of IPRs, in the form of a position paper where we argue that rather than reviewing the directive, the Commission should focus on a better implementation of its provisions, for example by providing guidance on how to apply the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU on the balancing of the different rights at stake (i.e. those of copyright holders, service providers and users). Cable Europe had also responded in 2011 to a Commission’s consultation on the implementation of the IPRED Directive and in 2013 to the Commission’s consultation on the civil enforcement of IPR rights together with a joint statement co-signed by Cable Europe, ECTA, ETNO and EuroISPA.
COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF RIGHTS
The 2014 Collective Rights Management Directive aims to improve the standards for transparency/governance of collecting societies and make the multi-territorial licensing of music for the provision of online services easier.
Based on common principles, Cable Europe has worked intensively with CUP (Copyright Users Platform) – gathering Cable Europe, EBU, HotRec (hotels & restaurants), AER (radios), Pearle (Theatres), GSMA, ETNO, ECTA and Digital Europe – in order to improve users’ position in negotiating with collecting societies. We have succeeded in having copyright users’ interests well safeguarded, in particular with regards to the transparency of repertoire and the way tariffs are negotiated and calculated by collecting societies.
- Cable Europe Position Paper on Commission evaluation and modernisation of IPRED Directive 15/04/2016
- Cable Europe’s Preliminary Views on the Digital Single Market Strategy 22/04/2015
- Joint Coalition Statement on IPR Enforcement 29/10/2014
- Cable Europe’s Response to the Public Consultation on the Review of the EU Copyright Rules 04/03/2014
- Industry Coalition Contribution to European Commission Consultation on Copyright 03/03/2014
- Copyright Users Platform (CUP) common concerns on CRM Directive 18/03/2013
- Cable Europe Position Paper on the Commission’s Proposal for a Directive on Collective Rights Management 25/02/2013
- Cable Europe Statement on Copyright 05/12/2012
- Copyright Users and Consumers Propose Standards for Sounder and More Efficient Collective Rights Management in Europe 06/06/2012