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BEUC is pleased to invite you to a press conference

co-hosted by Mrs Zuzana Roithova MEP on:

CONSUMERS' DIGITAL RIGHTS

"P2P is like stealing a CD from a shop!", "We have to protect artists who
are being robbed by consumers on the Internet". Big music and film
companies are continuously feeding us claims like this - painting private
consumers as pirates and criminals. They tell consumers what they cannot
do in the digital world and hide behind the artists that they claim to
defend. The time has come to guarantee consumers certain basic rights in
the digital world and to tell them what they can do with their digital
hardware or content.

During this press conference, BEUC will launch its Declaration of
Consumers Rights in the Digital Environment, and you will have the
opportunity to discover the artists supporting our campaign and take a
glance at our new website dedicated to this issue, featuring consumers and
artists interviews, updates on EU legislation and latest news from BEUC
member organisations. We will also take this opportunity to present the
results of our new pan-European studies on online cultural diversity and
on interoperability.

The press conference will be followed by a reception, with MEP Zuzana
Roithova and other MEPs, representatives from European consumer
organisations, officials from the Commission and Permanent representatives
interested in the issue.

Press Conference

Date and time: Thursday 10th November 2005 at 10 am

Venue: European Parliament

Press Room - PHS 0A50

Reception Room - A5H1

Brussels

RSVP: Annesylvie Six

Tel: +32 (0)2 743 15 90

Email: asi@beuc.org

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LAUNCH OF THE CONSUMERS DIGITAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGN

JOINT INVITATION

Zuzana Roithova, M.D., MBA Jim Murray, Director

Member of the European Parliament, BEUC

60 rue Wiertz Avenue Tervuren, 36/4

B-1047 Brussels B-1040 Brussels

tel:+32 (0) 228 37485 tel:+32 (0) 2 743 15 91

fax:+32 (0) 228 49485 fax:+32 (0) 2 740 28 02

zroithova-assistant@europarl.eu.int gol@beuc.org

Ref.: CKU/2005195/rsa 4 November 2005

We are writing to invite you to the launch of the BEUC campaign on Consumers digital 
rights in the European Parliament on 10 November at 11 am in room ASP 5H1. 
On television, on the street and in the newspapers, big music and film
companies are continuously painting private consumers as pirates and criminal. The same
companies publish guides telling consumers what they cannot do in the digital world.
The industry hides behind the artists that it claims to defend, alienating their fans
and supporters.

The aim of this campaign is to guarantee consumers certain basic rights in
the digital world, and to tell them what they can do with their digital
hardware/content.

We want to maintain consumer protection in the digital environment and the
important long-established balance in intellectual property, which promotes
innovation, economic development and the public interest. This balance is being badly distorted
in many areas of the digital economy, including Digital Rights Management (DRM)
systems.

With the launch of our Declaration of Consumers Digital Rights, European
Consumer Organisations are calling on policy makers to urgently address
the challenges that consumers face in an era shaped by digital technology.

We would be delighted if you were able to join us on this occasion and we
would be grateful if you could confirm your presence by replying to this email
(rsa@beuc.org) or by telephone 02-743 15 95 before 8 November.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

Zusana Roithova Jim Murray

Date and time

Venue

RSVP

Thursday 10th November 2005 at 11 am

European Parliament

Brussels

Reception Room - ASP 5H1

Rosa Santa Barbara

Tel: +32 (0)2 743 15 95

Email: rsa@beuc.org