Council adopts Copyright Directive
The Council adopted the new EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market on 15 April 2019. The Council decision was welcomed by the European Commission. The aim of the new Directive is stated as being to establish new rules ensure providing adequate protection for authors and artists, while opening up new possibilities for accessing and sharing copyright-protected content online throughout the European Union.
The directive addresses a variety of issues, which can be grouped together under three categories:
- Adaptation of copyright exceptions/limitations to the digital and cross-border environment (the Directive includes a mandatory text and data mining exemption for research purposes, and not-for-profit educational and scientific repositories have been excluded from the definition of "online content sharing service providers");
- Improvement of licensing practices to ensure wider access to creative content;
- Achievement of a well-functioning marketplace for copyright.
After publication of the Directive in the Official Journal of the EU, the Member States will have 24 months to transpose the new Directive into their national law. The Directive will be formally signed at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday 17 April 2019.
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