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Commission proposes to update EU copyright rules 15/09/2016 The EU Commission has set out proposals for the modernisation of copyright.

Commission proposes to update EU copyright rules

Following on from President Juncker's 2016 State of the Union address, the EU Commission has set out proposals for the modernisation of copyright.

They reflect the fact that digital technologies are changing the way music, films, TV, radio, books and the press are produced, distributed and accessed. New online services such as music streaming, video-on-demand platforms and news aggregators have become very popular, while consumers increasingly expect to access cultural content on the move and across borders.

The new proposals are intended to allow better choice and access to content online and across borders; improved copyright rules on education, research, cultural heritage and inclusion of disabled people; and a fairer and sustainable marketplace for creators, the creative industries and the press.

They include proposals for:

  • A legal mechanism for broadcasters to more easily obtain the authorisations they need from right holders to transmit programmes online in other EU Member States.
  • A new exception to allow educational establishments to use materials to illustrate teaching through digital tools and in online courses across borders.
  • Making it easier for researchers across the EU to use text and data mining technologies to analyse large sets of data.
  • A new mandatory EU exception that will allow cultural heritage institutions to preserve works digitally, crucial for the survival of cultural heritage and for citizens' access in the long term.
  • Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, have other visual impairments or are otherwise print disabled.
  • Reinforcing the position of right holders to negotiate and be remunerated for the online exploitation of their content on video-sharing platforms such as YouTube or Dailymotion.
  • A new right for publishers, similar to the right that already exists under EU law for film producers, record (phonogram) producers and other players in the creative industries like broadcasters.

More details are available here.

 

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