Representing more than 10,000 literary translators in 29 European countries, CEATL (Conseil européen des associations de traducteurs littéraires) has read with interest the communication published by the European Commission on May 6th 2015 regarding its strategy for a Digital Single Market. CEATL welcomes the fact that the Commission acknowledges the economic and cultural importance of copyright and the necessity to enforce it better via an improved follow-the-money strategy against internet piracy.
CEATL would like to stress, however, that copyright as such does not have a direct bearing on the development of the Digital Single Market. On the other hand, limiting copyright, broadening exceptions and rashly harmonising nationally distinct but pragmatically meaningful copyright frameworks will risk destroying the very infrastructure that is capable of supplying future markets with digital content. […]