The S&D Group today voted for a modern copyright system that protects the interests of consumers while ensuring that inventors and creators get the remuneration they deserve. The vote, which took place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, was on a strategy for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries.

Speaking after the vote Alessia Mosca, S&D MEP and the strategy's author said:

"I am delighted with the result of the vote today; we have adopted an ambitious strategy that balances the rights of creators and inventors whilst also providing important protections for consumers. Effective copyright laws are essential to help tackle piracy, protect consumers from counterfeit goods and to support Europe's creative industries. Today's vote is a clear sign that the European Parliament is behind all of these principles."  

"This strategy is about bringing copyright into the 21st century. Ever increasing amounts of what we buy is online and in digital format, however the law remains stuck in the analogue age. We need to ensure that creators of content are treated fairly both in the digital and physical world and that consumers are protected whatever type of product they are purchasing."

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