|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||COM (2016) 593|
Legislative proposal adopted by the European Commission on 14 September 2016 aimed at modernising the copyright rules across the European Union by taking into account the increasing digital and cross-border uses of protected content.
This proposal provides for measures aiming at improving the position of rightholders to negotiate and be remunerated for the exploitation of their content by online services giving access to user-uploaded content. It features a new right for press publishers aiming at facilitating online licensing of their publications, the recoupment of their investment and the enforcement of their rights. It also addresses existing legal uncertainty as regards the possibility for all publishers to receive a share in the compensation for uses of works under an exception. Finally, the proposal includes measures that aim to improve transparency and better balanced contractual relationships between authors and performers and those to whom they assign their rights.
The Digital Single Market strategy of May 2015 identified the need 'to reduce the differences between national copyright regimes and allow for wider online access to works by users across the EU'. This was followed by a Communication adopted in December 2015, which outlines targeted actions and a long-term vision to modernise EU copyright rules. The proposed Directive is one of the measures aimed at addressing issues identified in that Communication. The draft law was put forward as part of a package of initiatives for the modernisation of copyright rules.
The Council of the European Union reached an agreement on a common position in May 2018, after almost two years of discussion. The European Parliament's relevant committee initially approved a position concerning this proposal in June 2018, but the plenary session rejected the mandate to launch trilogue negotiations a month later. In September 2018, the plenary eventually approved a revised negotiating position. The first round of negotiations between the institutions was held in October 2018 and an informal agreement between the institutions on a compromise text was reached on 13 February 2019.
The proposal sparked criticism and intense debate across society in the European Union, including strong positions from the big online platforms against the proposed Directive.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Digital Single Market [DSM], Intellectual Property|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|