DSM Watch: EU Copyright reform – where do we stand?
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DSM Watch: EU Copyright reform – where do we stand?

Reform of EU copyright is the core of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy. Various legislative initiatives have been proposed but the “heart” of the reform is without a doubt the proposal for a new copyright directive. While there appears to be a growing consensus on the wording of most articles, a few key provisions remain under debate. In this article we comment on the current 23 April and 17 May 2018 draft proposals published by the Council of the EU (Member State governments’ representatives). Originally the hope had been to have this legislation finalised by now. However, many provisions have proved controversial. The final vote in the EU Parliament’s committee on legal affairs has recently been postponed to the end of June. The Council published a draft proposal on 23 April 2018. This summarises the main outstanding issues as being: (a) the scope of an additional, optional exception for text and data mining; (b) the scope and term of protection of the press publishers’ right and (c) the scope liability and monitoring obligations for certain service providers (labelled by some the “value gap” provisions). Following a meeting on 27 April, the Council published further draft on 17 May […]

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