On Thursday the 11th of November, the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), in cooperation with the Committee on Culture and Education held a special hearing on “The Future Development of Copyright in Europe”.
The hearing took place on the foot of the announcement by Jean-Claude Juncker that, within the first six months of his mandate, he will take steps to modernise copyright rules “in the light of the digital revolution and changed consumer behaviour”.
The Legal Affairs and Culture Committees discussed the future development of copyright at the hearing with legal academics, representatives of content creators and distributors and European Commission experts, but the voice of the research sector was surprisingly absent.
LIBER has written a letter to the Chair of JURI, Mr. Pavel Svoboda, to request that another hearing be held that explores how copyright is currently affecting the research sector and future developments might be shaped in order to benefit research and innovation.
The letter is available for download.