As part of the inauguration of the European Presidency, the French government wants to put forward new measures for the protection of musical, audiovisual and cinematographic works on the Internet.
The announcement was made by the French minister with the portfolio of Culture, Christine Albanel, during a ministerial meeting of the European Union, in Versailles, where proposals were discussed for the protection of artistic content on the Internet against the levels of piracy registered in the community space.
The official stressed that it is necessary to reach a consensus among the member states in order to make internet users aware of the damage caused by illegal practices on the Internet.
As such, as the French government is preparing a copyright protection law on the Internet in which it is expected that internet connections will be suspended each time users download files illegally, one of the objectives would be to extend the norm to other countries.
At the meeting, European Commissioner for the Information Society, Viviane Reding, said she was pleased to see that European ministers are ready to take strict measures to compel service providers to inform consumers about copyright and the consequences of piracy. , two factors that have been on the agenda in Brussels.
Another point addressed at the meeting was the impact that radio spectrum management will have on the audiovisual sector. The European Union wants to make member states’ use of this spectrum more efficient by taking advantage of the so-called «digital dividend», the surplus of frequencies that will exist when, in 2012, the migration from analogue to digital systems is completed.
The French government wants that in the reform of the spectrum management not only the economic aspects are observed but also the objectives of general interest that support public television, through the promotion of cultural, linguistic and pluralism diversity.
According to Christine Albanel, the members present at today’s meeting reached a consensus on the need for the revision of the telecommunications package to preserve the countries’ full capacity to define and apply their audiovisual policies.
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