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Procedure : 2008/0157(COD)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A6-0070/2009

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Debates :

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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  Mary Lou McDonald, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group . – Mr President, I believe that the intention of this initiative was genuinely about improving the social situation of performers, as Commissioner McCreevy and our colleague Brian Crowley have asserted, but it does not in fact achieve this. Unfortunately, even the changes introduced by committee do not go far enough in improving the proposal. It is a proposal which, I believe, will ultimately reward those artists that are already successful, and indeed reward the industry.

I am baffled at the notion of extending the term of copyright, whether it is to 70 years or 95 years, and I am baffled by it not just because it is dubious and almost out of step with the digital age but also because, quite clearly, a move like that will primarily benefit industrial interests and not struggling artists.

I believe, notwithstanding all of the hard work and goodwill, that MEPs should reject this proposal. I think the Commission needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with the right proposal, one that is not just about supporting performers and artists, but that in real and practical terms will deliver precisely that.

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