PA 'busts myths' on copyright

PA 'busts myths' on copyright

The Publishers Association has released a paper "Copyright and the Digital Single Market: Busting the Myths" intended to expose "major myths and inaccuracies" around copyright and the digital single market.

The paper will be promoted to key stakeholders, including politicians and officials both in the UK, where the government is starting to formulate its position on the European Commission's digital single market strategy, and in Brussels. The PA will also be using the paper as the basis for a social media campaign in the run-up to the European Parliament's vote on the Julia Reda EU copyright report on the 9th July.

The 10 "myths" the PA addresses in the paper include "Copyright needs to be modernised to achieve the digital single market", "Text and data mining is not possible without an exception" and "Libraries can't lend e-books without there being a change in copyright law."

PA chief executive Richard Mollet said: "It is time to debunk the long-pedalled myth that copyright is an obstacle to growth in the digital economy. When you look at the success of publishing and other creative industries in developing online products and services it is palpably untrue – copyright is the means by which the digital economy functions, allowing works to be made available to consumers and rewarding creators and the companies which invest in them.

"In order to undermine copyright, people often wrongly cite it as the source of problems in the digital single market; or they falsely claim not to be able to do things which actually they can. Also, we often hear people propose that copyright is a block to them doing things which would be unfair and damaging to authors and publishers." 

PA policy director Susie Winter said: "It's part of a concerted effort to change the debate/conversation around copyright; getting the truth out there being an important part of doing this."