Murphy makes submuission on digital rights

KILDARE North TD Catherine Murphy has made a joint submission on digital rights for the State’s Copyright Review Committee.

KILDARE North TD Catherine Murphy has made a joint submission on digital rights for the State’s Copyright Review Committee.

She said there was need for a “balance of rights” on copywright.

The detailed draft submission has been made in conjunction with Wicklow independent TD, Stephen Donnelly, Antoin O Lachtnain of Digital Rights Ireland, Tom Murphy of Boards.ie and solicitor Simon McGarr.

The Committee was established in May 2011 by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with a specific remit to examine current copyright legislation and identify areas where reforms might be needed.

Speaking as the submission website, copyrightreform.ie, went live, Deputy Murphy said they were seeking to bring about a balance of rights in our copyright regime that recognises the legitimate interests of all parties – including the fundamental rights of the consumer. “We want a copyright regime that encourages innovation and makes Ireland stand out as a creative hub, attractive to international tech companies.”

“Our copyright law must be adaptive to the rapid changes in technology in recent years. Crucially, we cannot rely on unfair and outdated enforcement practices that seek to penalise innocent intermediaries,”

she said

The deadline for submissions is 31 May.

Meanwhile MEP, Liam Aylward said fewer than 50% of European consumers feel informed of their rights and vulnerable groups, in particular, are having difficulty in understanding the choices available to them, and are not aware of their rights.

Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a debate on ‘Strengthening the rights of vulnerable consumers’ the Ireland East MEP called for particular efforts to be made at the EU and national level to ensure that consumers who, for various reasons, cannot access or use the internet do not find themselves in a situation of vulnerability or isolation.

“As more information moves online and face-to-face customer services move to digitalisation, some senior consumers are becoming increasingly vulnerable as they face barriers and are cut off from information and the channels to uphold their rights are less accessible to them,” he said

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