11 EU member states reject the compromise Proposal for the Directive
Last week we wrote about the German non-paper and the proposed changes to Article 13 of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market contained therein.
On Friday, it became even more evident that EU member states are not satisfied with the solutions proposed by the Presidency of the Council as 11 member states rejected the compromise text of the Proposal for the directive: Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and Slovenia, who already opposed a previous version of the directive, as well as Italy, Poland, Sweden, Croatia, Luxembourg and Portugal. With the exception of Portugal and Croatia, all of these governments are known for thinking that either Article 11 or Article 13, respectively, are insufficiently protective of users’ rights.
This means that the Directive is not likely to be adopted before May 2019, despite the efforts of the Council and the European Parliament to reach a compromise in the next trilogue and to end the negotiations on the text of the Directive. The result of the voting also showed that the calls from the public and stakeholders to a more balanced legislation are being also reflected on a political level.
In a consumer-driven world where social media is growing rapidly, companies are constantly searching for ways to introduce their products to the clients. One of the most effective ways of doing so is through the use of athletes’ image. Using athletes’ image without the proper legal ground, can bring troubles, though, as was recently made clear by the controversial Zlatan Ibrahimović and other football players.
In the second half of 2021, Slovenia will preside over the EU Council for the second time. This means that Slovenia will face tasks such as coordinating the EU Council, providing EU legislative guidance, and forming common positions of EU Council for discussions with the European Parliament and the European Commission. For this purpose, Slovenian, German and Portugese presidencies issued the 2021 Programme of the Council. Slovenia has evidently been preparing for its EU Council presidency, but what effect, if any, will this have on copyright regulation in the field of education?
On Wednesday, 20 January 2021, Intellectual Property Institute and Today is the new day institute have, in cooperation with the Aksioma institute and Creative Commons, organised the Open Knowledge Day 2021 event, where we discussed the new EU Directive on copyright and related rights in the digital single market, exceptions and limitations for education, research libraries, and data analytics, and separately about the controversial Art 17, which imposes new obligation for online platforms.