The cultural and creative sectors are a driver of economic growth, job creation and external trade. That is why culture is becoming increasingly important at EU level. Eurostat compiles statistics on culture from several data collections conducted at EU level to provide policy-makers and other users with information on the main trends in employment, business, international trade, participation and consumption patterns in the field of culture. If you don’t want to read all this stuff (about 200 pages), you can just read the most interesting.
Adequate protection of intellectual property rights is a prerequisite for the development of the digital economy and of the digital single market. Considers that respect for the exercise of intellectual property rights and efforts to combat counterfeiting should be the main objectives of the action plan.
In 2015, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, commissioned a research study on business models used to infringe intellectual property rights (IPRs). The initiative is envisioned as an independent data-driven study that will assess and analyse specific techniques used to facilitate online IPR infringements on a commercial scale.
The EU faces a high number of intellectual property rights infringements, and the volume and financial value of these infringements are not insubstantial, as reported by the Commission in its report on the application of the Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (COM(2010)0779). IPR infringements have an impact on SMEs and on business-to-business services, and can lead to the loss of markets and bankruptcy.
Intellectual property rights are one of the driving forces of innovation and creativity and a key contributor to competitiveness and employment; the enforcement of intellectual property rights plays a significant role in ensuring consumers’ health and safety; counterfeiting is generally linked with a black economy and organised crime, through financial contributions.
Intellectual property rights are one of the driving forces of innovation and creativity and a key contributor to competitiveness and employment; product authenticity must not be conflated with product safety and product quality issues, the enforcement of intellectual property rights could also play a role in ensuring consumers’ health and safety; counterfeiting is generally linked with a black economy.
The EU faces a high number of intellectual property rights infringements, and the volume and financial value of these infringements are alarming, as reported by the Commission in its report on the application of the Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (COM(2010)0779); these figures also illustrate the added value which IPR represent for the European economy in global competition. Law enforcement is essential, and whereas Member States must adopt measures to enforce IPR effectively.
The annual publication of the result of customs actions at the EU external borders provides an opportunity to measure the scale of customs actions to enforce IPR. The enforcement of IPR by customs is a priority for the Commission and the Member States. For many years customs administrations in the Union have been known for their high standard of enforcement of IPR. In 2014, customs authorities made over 95.000 detentions, consisting of a total of 35,5 million articles. The domestic retail value of the detained articles represented over 600 million euros.
The development of new digital technologies, behavioural patterns and business models is challenging the status quo and raising questions about how platforms function within the Digital Single Market. The European Commission is rightly emphasising the importance of this issue and collecting evidence as the basis for a comprehensive analysis of the role of online platforms within the Digital Single Market Strategy.
In order to ensure that providers of online content services which are provided against payment of money comply with the obligation to provide cross-border portability of their services without acquiring the relevant rights in another Member State, it is necessary to stipulate that those providers which lawfully provide portable online content services against payment of money in the Member State of residence of subscribers are always entitled to provide such services to those subscribers when they are temporarily present in another Member State.