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Ansip: current copyright laws are “pushing people to steal”

Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at 16:00

When it comes to copyright, “our legislation is pushing people to steal”, according to former Estonian prime minister and Vice President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip.

Speaking at the Midem conference earlier this week, Mr Ansip gave Spotify as an example of how improved legal access to digital media can help reduce piracy.

In the European Union our creators are losing huge amounts of money because of piracy but honestly, somehow our legislation is pushing people to steal.

Take Spotify, for example. We can say that if somebody is able to provide services with better quality with higher speed, then people prefer to act as honest people. They are ready to pay. They don’t want to steal.

Pointing to surveys showing that “68% of film viewers say they are using [illegal] downloads”, the Commissioner argued that concentrating on greater enforcement alone was not the best way to address copyright infringement.

The European Commission wants to protect the rights of creators but first we have to provide legal access to digital content to all people. Then it will be more fruitful to tackle piracy.

Some people say that if [the EU] cares about copyright then let’s deal only with law enforcement. To put 68% of people in jail is not really a good idea. I think that reforms are really needed.

For more information, see: EU: Copyright Legislation is Pushing People to Piracy - Torrentfreak

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