Michel Barnier Appoints Antonio Vittorino as Mediator in the Private Copy Debate

Antonio Vitorino,  Portugese politician and a former 

European Commissioner responsible for Justice and Home Affairs was appointed mediator in the dialogue on private copying levies.

His task will be to moderate stakeholder discussions and explore approaches to harmonisation of both

the methodology used to impose levies and the systems of administration of

levies. Discussions in Brussels will start in the beginning of 2012 and should be completed

before the summer of 2012.

"The fact that authors and other rightholders must

receive fair compensation for the use of their work is not at issue" said Barnier." The issue

is that all schemes used for the collection of this compensation should be

organised in the most efficient way possible."