Communia’s Open Letter for protection of the users’ fundamental rights
The open letter is a reaction to the CJEU’s notice that the date for the Advocate General’s opinion in the case C-401/19, which regards Article 17 of DSM Directive and compliance with users’ fundamental rights, will be postponed by almost three months. This can crucially affect the highly-anticipated Commission guidance for Article 17 implementation that are supposed to include strong user rights safeguards. The latest development, however, can indicate that there are strong political pressures in the background, attempting to reduce users’ rights in the upcoming guidance.
Thus, Communia addressed the open letter to the Commission, urging it “not to weaken its guidance through open ended exception clauses that seem to benefit particular rightsholders at the expense of users’ fundamental rights” and not to diverge from its stance previously taken before the CJEU.
As the DSM Directive implementation deadline looms, it will be interesting to see which stans the Commission will take in its highly-anticipated guidance.
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The DSM Directive entered into force in June 2019 and the deadline for implementation expired on 7 June 2021. On 23 June 2021, the Commission launched multiple infringement procedures and sent letters of formal notice to Slovenia and 22 other Member States that had failed to notify it of the full transposition of the Directive. Slovenia remains among the 14 Member States against which the Commission is continuing the infringement procedure. On 19 May 2022, the Commission sent reasoned opinions to Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, France, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden.