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a copyright framework that passes the "Single Market test", making more content available to more citizens, cross-border. Michel Barnier argues that the territoriality of copyright, and the complexities of licensing, should not constitute a barrier. He says that an important step was taken in July when the Directive on the collective management of rights was proposed in relation to licensing of music rights by collecting societies. He went on to say that: " it is unacceptable that Europeans are confronted online with the borders we have been dismantling in the physical world for 50 years. As Single Market Commissioner, I cannot accept this." Therefore we can expect to see full implementation of Single Market instruments such as the Services Directive as well as possible new legislation.
a copyright framework that provides the right incentives for those that create and invest in content and that ensures the right balance with other policy objectives such as education, research or innovation. In this respect Michel Barnier considers whether more harmonisation is needed to update the existing limitations and to ensure that they apply across borders; however copyright should not be weakened to enable the development of new businesses free of cost. It is important, he says, the strike the right balance between rights and limitations whilst preserving the incentive to create.
a copyright framework that continues to provide incentives but which must include meaningful enforcement. Now more than ever Michel Barnier argues that it is essential that business models based on infringement of intellectual property rights are eliminated business models as this is how new jobs (in legitimate companies) will be created.