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Copyright Holders Displeased Over Digital Single Market Proposal

March 6, 2015

The proposed creation of one body of copyright law for the Digital Single Market meets with numerous objections from the film industry.

Brussels has proposed the creation of an integrated body of copyright law that would cross national borders. This is an especially contentious issue given that each jurisdiction now has separate laws and separate protections.

The film industry has come to the forefront as major dissenters to the proposed change as their business models and profits rely on the existence of different bodies of copyright law for each jurisdiction.

In the United Kingdom, there has been considerable uproar from within the film industry. Last week, 6 film executives published an open letter regarding the proposal in the Daily Telegraph. The concern was that the British government may be supporting the European Commission’s proposals in principle at this time and that this could be a slippery slope to full agreement.

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