EUROPEAN WRITERS’ OPEN LETTER TO THE EU AUTHORITIES

Copyright spells authors’ rights  

Let us speak plainly: we writers do not understand the EU’s insistence on “reforming” copyright/authors’ rights in Europe.

The European Commission has chosen the wrong target in attacking authors’ rights in order to encourage the emergence of a “Digital Single Market”, when it is precisely authors’ rights that are the essential condition for creating works of literature. Undermining them would be to stem the source of the digital book market before it even properly takes off. Diluted authors’ rights means impoverished literature.

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