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Copyright reform – new benefits or more obstacles for Europe's startups and SMEs?

Thu 1 Jun 2017

  • 08:00 - 09:45
  • Members salon

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Copyright reform – new benefits or more obstacles for Europe’s startups and SMEs?

The Discussion Panel will take place in the Members’ Salons on 1 June 8:00 to 9:45.



  • Inese Vaidere MEP, Member of the Budget Committee


  • Horst Heitz,Executive Director of SME EUROPE


  • Lenard Koschwitz, Director of Public Affairs at Allied for Startups


  • Therese Comodini Cachia MEP, Member of JURI Committee, Rapporteur on the Copyright reform


  • Axel Voss MEP, Member of JURI Committee, Opinion Rapporteur on Respect for Private Life and the Protection of Personal Data in Electronic Communications
  • Arsenio Escolar, Chairman of the Spanish Association of Periodical Publications

Impulse Statements

  • Patrick Bunk, Founder & CEO at Ubermetrics
  • Anna Rose, Co-founder of VideoPath
  • Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt, Executive Director of the International Music Managers Forum
  • Benjamin Moutte-Caruel, Head of Legal Affairs for France at PriceMinister

Followed by an Interactive Discussion with the participants

Copyright ensures that authors, composers, artists, film makers and other creators receive recognition, payment and protection for their works; it stimulates and rewards originality and investment in the creative sector. In accordance with its Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission is bringing forward an ambitious modernisation of the EU Copyright framework. The Commission’s objective with this reform is to make EU copyright rules fit for the digital age.

The breakfast meeting brings together members of the European Parliament, EU stakeholders, and SMEs to discuss the impact that the recently announced reform from the European Commission on copyright. In this context, the aim is to provide a place for open discussion for the publishing industry, in particular, some new start-ups, to see what copyright reform in a digital age should look like and how policymakers can help to create a digital friendly and sustainable future for European authors, journalists and publishers.