Response by the Hungarian Copyright Association to the Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules
The Hungarian Copyright Association has responded in detail to all the 80 questions of the consultation document. The response to the last - 80th - question may also be used as a brief summary of the responses: "There is a fundamentally important matter. The system of adequate protection and enforcement of copyright has been eroded recently as a result of successful lobbying of certain special interests groups (ever more powerful IT industries, online intermediaries, entertainment equipment and material manufactures, etc.) and by neo-anarchist movements supported and aggressively promoted by them. There is a need for a serious reconsideration of the EU’s copyright policy in close connection with its cultural policy, with the objective of re-establishing an appropriate balance of interests seriously disrupted to the detriment of creators and producers of cultural goods and services. This Questionnaire seems to be better balanced than certain previous documents issued by the Commission but it still reflects a trend to prefer considerations trying to justify the weakening of copyright protection. We believe that this approach should be changed; this is not only a cultural interest of the EU, but also its weighty economic and social interest."