EFJ joined Licence for Europe stakeholder dialogue

The European

Commission has launched an initiative called “Licence for Europe” aiming to

bring together stakeholders in the creative and cultural sector to find a

practical solution to remove barriers to access copyright protected materials

online. Stakeholders, including the EFJ, had its first meeting to discuss the

main issues at stake.


One of the

main issues discussed concerns user-generated content (UGC) online which is currently growing in the sector. These contents can consist in adapting existing protected works such

as photographs for creating a new content.  While the European commission

provides no definition of UGC for the time being and expects stakeholders to

come up with suggestions it intends to legalise the access to and usage

of user-generated content by the public as well as companies. The EFJ stressed that there is a

need for a strict definition for UGC to prevent journalistic content from

falling into the category. The EFJ said that any use of copyrighted content

should be remunerated fairly. The EFJ further highlighted the ethical

issue over the use of user-generated content and the need to enforce the moral

rights of journalists.


The next

meeting will take place in Brussels on 5 March.  As a member of the

Licence for Europe stakeholder dialogue, the EFJ will continue to participate

in the dialogue and make sure the interests of journalists is voiced.