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Copyright in the digital single market [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Tambiama Madiega (1st edition),

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On 14 September 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative package for the modernisation of the EU copyright rules, including a new directive on copyright in the digital single market. The proposal aims at further harmonising the EU copyright framework taking into account the increasing digital and cross-border uses of protected content.

More specifically, it lays down rules on exceptions and limitations to copyright protection, on the facilitation of licences as well as rules aimed at ensuring a well-functioning marketplace for the exploitation of copyright-protected works.

Stakeholders and commentators are strongly divided on the proposal. Much of the debate focuses on the creation of a new neighbouring right for press publishers, the measures imposed on platforms storing and giving access to user-uploaded content, and the scope of the new text- and data-mining exception.



Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:






Legal Affairs (JURI)

Therese Comodini Cachia (EPP, Malta)

Lidia Joanna Geringer De Oedenberg (S&D, Poland)

Angel Dzhambazki (ECR, Bulgaria)

Jean-Marie Cavada (ALDE, France)

Jiří Mastalka (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic)

Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany)

Marie-Christine Boutonnet (ENF, France)

COM(2016) 593


Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Discussion in committee

Stage: Commission proposal



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