The Directive was adopted
Despite 5 million signatures collected against the introduction of censorship and mass protests that took place in Europe last week, the MEPs have adopted the harmful Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market on today’s plenary vote in the European Parliament.
The Directive was adopted with 348 votes in favour and 274 votes against (see how individual MEPs voted here). Before that, MEPs voted on the possibility of amending the Directive and making it better, which they rejected with only 5 votes of difference: 317 votes against and 312 votes in favour. Consequently the deletion of Articles 13 (now 17) and 11 (now 15) of the Directive was not discussed in the plenary vote. The European Parliament adopted the Directive with all its provisions, including Article 11 (now 15) that introduces a new related right for press publishers and Article 13 (now 17) that will cause filtering of the user-generated content. The Directive is a lost opportunity for a good copyright reform. It will not harmonize the digital European market, with unclear provisions it does not bring legal certainty and it does not balance the interests of the rightsholders on one and of the users of copyrighted works on the other side. We really hope that all the creators (and not only the chosen ones) will get fair remuneration since the price measured in limitation of the flow of information, removal of perfectly legal content and infringement of freedoms on the internet will be high.
On 23rd of November, 2021, the European Commission has published two reports in the field of copyright, as required by Directives 2014/26/EU (CRM Directive) and 2019/790 (DSM Directive). They are supported by two studies: Study on emerging issues on collective licensing management in the digital environment, and Study on selected issues relating to the application of the CRM Directive.
A new book “Law and Artificial Intelligence: Issues of Ethics, Human Rights and Social Harm” was published (Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of law in Ljubljana, 2021), the editors of which are prof. dr. Aleš Završnik and dr. Katja Simončič. The author of one of the articles is also dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M., who wrote an article on the topic of whether artificial intelligence can be an author of a copyright work.
Jožef Štefan Institute is organising GO-DIP workshop series, first of them coming on November 19th, 2021 is revolving around software IP and data agreements. The GO-DIP project aims to increase the competencies of knowledge generators and intermediaries. At 15.10 dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M. will be lecturing in the Workshop: Development of a checklist for model digital IP agreements. Welcome!
2nd GPAI Summit will occur from 11-12 November, 2021 in Paris, France. Leading international AI experts from civil society, academia, industry and governments, including ministerial-level delegates from GPAI’s Membership, will come together for GPAI’s annual event. This public-facing event will include reporting on the ten Working Groups’ study topics, including the reporting of Data Governance Working Group (DG WG). Public conferences will be broadcasted live on GPAI’s Youtube channel. Welcome!