EU, Taiwan address Internet copyright in Taipei


TAIPEI — Officials from the European Union and Taiwan held a seminar on intellectual property rights (IPR) in Taipei yesterday to discuss copyright protection on the Internet.

The seminar covered topics such as legal frameworks for Internet copyright protection, enforcement of Internet copyright protection and experience-sharing by copyright holders, according to the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taipei, which co-organized the event.

Frederic Laplanche, head of the EETO, described Internet copyright in an opening speech as one of the hottest topics of the moment, particularly issues such as respect of copyright on the Internet, and what principles and tools governments have at their disposal.

“We have been cooperating very closely on IPR questions between the EU and Taiwan for the past few years,” Laplanche said.

He said the economies of the EU and Taiwan are at the same level of development in terms of leverage, meaning that the two sides rely a lot on knowledge and the protection of creation and innovation. This is the real basis for the development of both economies, he said.

In addition, he added, governments should formulate related policies faster to respond to the fast-changing behavior of Internet users.

“The other thing is that whenever we want to control something on the Internet, we need to find the right balance between control and freedom, between rules and democracy. This is also a big challenge,” he added.