EU member states approve the Proposal for the Directive
The member states of the EU have on the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) approved the text of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market that was negotiated in the trilogue.
Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Italy and Finland were against the proposal, while Slovenia and Belgium abstained from voting. The members states who were against explained in a joint statement that the Directive is a step back for a digital single market and that does not create balance between the protection of the right holders and the interests of the citizens.
The proposal still has to be approved by the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), which is likely to happen on 26 February 2019. If the proposal is approved, the European Parliament will have to vote on it. On the level of the Council, the ministers of the members states will also have to decide on the proposal. Since the Council can approve the proposal in any composition, this means that in theory the ministers for agriculture could decide on the directive in the final stage.
Creative Commons (CC) annually holds the CC Global Summit events, bringing together experts from different fields with the purpose of spurring on debates and organising workshops related to Open Access. This year’s CC Global Summit 2021 will be a special event as Creative Commons celebrates 20 years!
This year, IPI collaborated with Communia and the Centrum Cyfrowe, which conducted an international study on the use of copyrighted works during remote teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic. The research is now published, and its results were also presented on 15 September 2021. You are invited to take a look at the survey!
On September 2, 2021, Austria has published a new draft law, which implements DSM Directive. The draft law is in consultation till October 13, 2021. In regards to Art. 17 of the DSM Directive, Austrian draft law is a mixture of the German approach, on which IPI already reported, and Europan Commission’s Guidelines.
On September 6, 2021, Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M. in the radio show Studio at 5 pm spoke on the topic of the implementation of the DSM Directive in the Slovenian legal order, emphasizing how necessary it is for the exceptions and limitations of copyright to be widely implemented. You are welcome to listen to the radio show!