In a landmark vote, the European Parliament approved the Copyright Directive in March. This includes two controversial measures – Article 11 (renamed Article 15) and Article 13 (renamed Article 17).
This latest development marks the final hurdle in the legislative process involving 348 Members of European Parliament (MEPs) who voted in favour, 274 voted against, 36 abstained. Member states now have two years to implement the Directive on a national level.
The Copyright Directive now grants rights-holders an improved negotiation position with online platforms that use their works. In addition, authors and performers will benefit from new provisions included in the bill. These include better remuneration and contracts.
The Directive includes the controversial Article 13 provision, which aims to make the likes of YouTube and Facebook liable for copyright-infringing user-uploaded material.
Various other reforms are also included in the text, including a new right for newspaper publishers and new exceptions to allow text and data mining.
IMPALA’s Executive Chair Helen Smith said:
“It was a long road and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the discussion. As a result, we now have a balanced text that sets a precedent for the rest of the world to follow, by putting citizens and creators at the heart of the reform and introducing clear rules for online platforms”.
“By adopting this landmark text, the EU has proved itself a leader in terms of delivering a fair, open and sustainable internet. This text clarifies the position of platforms, building on European case law. It is a first of its kind and sets an example for other countries across the globe. The directive now has to be implemented nationally, and we look forward to continuing the discussion locally with our members and all interested stakeholders,” she added.
France may become the first country to implement the new law. Two weeks ago, Frank Reister, the country’s Culture Minister, hinted lawmakers will likely implement the Copyright Directive as soon as this summer
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