EFGAMP mission is to preserve the digital heritage linked to video games. To tackle this challenge, it is crucial to communicate with the institutions, building a relationship of mutual collaboration. A new step in this direction is the new statement issued by EFGAMP, addressed to the “Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market”, from the perspective of the preservation of computer and video games as part of the digital cultural heritage.
The statement is crucial for EFGAMP mission, and underlines the importance of video games as a cultural object. To give a broader context, the European Union has reforming European Copyright Law on its agenda, and the 2016 “Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market” (for short DSM Draft Directive) has addressed many of the needed changes. However, there is still room for improvement, starting from acknowledging games as part of the cultural heritage and mention them explicitly, as a subject in its own right, in the recitals of the Directive.
Is it possible to read the full statement here, while the PDF version is available here. To continue the discussion with the European Parliament is vital for the mission EFGAMP, and we’re confident that further improvements to the Directive will open new possibilities for the preservation of the digital heritage.