Brussels, 14 February 2007
Announcing the re-launch of a consultation process on Private Copying Levies EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today that he wanted to have a fresh look at all the issues involved.
'I hope this new round of consultations can lead to solutions being found to the discrepancies that the diverse application of these levies have led to', he said.
Mr McCreevy said : 'There is a need for a genuine open discussion between
all stakeholders and that is what the present consultation is designed to
facilitate. There can be no question of calling into doubt the entitlement of
rightsholders to compensation for private copying. At the same time there is a
need to look at how the levies are applied in practice. It should be possible to
envisage some workable solution that assures the rightsholders of their due
compensation and at the same time applying the levies in a way that is
commensurate with the loss caused by private copying. If pragmatic and workable
solutions are to be found, all sides need to come to this debate with a