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PV 22/04/2009 - 17
CRE 22/04/2009 - 17

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PV 23/04/2009 - 8.8
CRE 23/04/2009 - 8.8
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 - Strasbourg OJ edition

17. Term of protection of copyright and related rights (debate)
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  Erna Hennicot-Schoepges, draftsman of the opinion of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.(FR) Mr President, I should like to congratulate our rapporteur and all the Members who have worked on this issue. I should also like to thank the commissioner for the file he submitted to us.

Performers have been overlooked all too often in previous legislation, and, like anyone else who helps to create intellectual property, they have a right to receive proper remuneration. This amendment has therefore extended this principle to performers, which is already a considerable step forward.

However, much still remains to be done, for this compromise is only a first step. The circumstances of copyright distribution companies still vary considerably in the various countries, which have very different statuses, and, from this perspective, harmonisation is not ready to be carried out in practice.

Parliament’s report calls on the Commission to perform impact assessments and to monitor this measure. The next Commission will therefore be called on to continue this work. As regards the granting of licences, I should like to draw attention to the fact that the artistic community is extremely insecure as a result of approaches such as this, since artists fear that large producers will have the upper hand over works created by small producers. Therefore, a balance will still have to be found along these lines.

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