Brussels
01 December 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

EU piracy guidance provides “no solutions”, says IFPI


New guidance adopted by the EU against piracy recognises the problems facing rightsholders, but provides “no solutions” according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

On 29 November, the EU Commission presented measures to “ensure intellectual property rights are well protected” by targeting piracy, counterfeiting and standard essential patents (SEP).

While the commission’s SEP plans were generally well received, the IFPI said that the EU’s guidance on piracy was merely a “non-binding communication”.

The commission’s guidance outlines ways to stop counterfeiting and piracy by adopting a “follow the money” approach, which targets “big fish” rather than individuals.

It provided clarification on how to apply the 2004 directive on the enforcement of IP rights (IPRED).

The commission’s vice president responsible for jobs, growth investment and competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, said that the guidance “improves the application and enforcement of intellectual property rights and encourages investment in technology and product development in Europe”.

But IFPI CEO Frances Moore said that, while the commission recognised the need to modernise IPRED, “soft law does not give rightsholders the tools they need to take effective action against pirate services”.

He added: “Intellectual property rights are the backbone of Europe’s creative industries. Cross-border access to content has been a signature success of the music industry in recent years, but cross-border protection has been lagging.”

“The IPRED law designed to provide that protection is almost 15 years old and is in need of major changes, for example by providing for speedier and more effective injunctions.”

He stated: “The reality is that when our rights are infringed - for example by a site like The Pirate Bay—we have to take cases one member state at a time. This is costly, slow, legally incoherent and flies in the face of the single market concept.”

Moore concluded: “We remain in a successful single market for consumption, but a fragmented European market for copyright enforcement. We urge the Commission to use this package as a stepping stone to a fully revised and updated IPRED to be provided in the near future and give European right holders the necessary tools to tackle copyright infringement.”

More Copyright news
The latest news from IPPro The Internet
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
Radiohead sue Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement
8 January 2018 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Radiohead are suing Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement, claiming that the Del Rey’s 2017 song Get Free was similar to their 1992 song Creep
Glosfer and Gemmy to create blockchain copyright protection platform
4 January 2018 | Seoul | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Blockchain firm Glosfer has signed a memorandum of understanding with copyright protection company Gemmy to create a blockchain-based copyright protection platform
Dish Network sues IPTV providers
4 January 2018 | Maryland | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US satellite TV network Dish has sued two IPTV providers, claiming that they profit from the unlawful retransmission of Dish TV channels
Spotify sued for $1.6 billion over copyrighted works
3 January 2018 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Spotify has been sued for $1.6 billion by Wixen Music Publishing, which represents artists including Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Beach Boys
Facebook slams infringing content in first half of 2017
19 December 2017 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Facebook removed more than 2.5 million pieces of copyright infringing content across its Facebook and Instagram social media platforms in the first half of 2017, according to the company’s annual transparency report
APLA and French police take down piracy site
14 December 2017 | Bordeaux | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A joint operation between French police and the ALPA has resulted in the closure of piracy streaming website, artv.watch
PSNI, HMRC and FACT seize 50 illegal streaming devices
08 December 2017 | Belfast | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A joint operation between UK enforcement bodies has resulted in the seizure of 50 illegal streaming devices