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Copyright Directive approved 16/04/2019 The Council of the European Union has approved the new EU Copyright Directive.

Copyright Directive approved

The Council of the European Union has approved the new EU Copyright Directive, which will adapt copyright rules to today's world, where music streaming services, video-on-demand platforms, news aggregators and user-uploaded-content platforms have become the main gateways to access creative works and press articles.

According to the EU Commission, the new Directive will boost high-quality journalism in the EU and offer better protection for European authors and performers. Users will benefit from the new rules, which will allow them to upload copyright protected content on platforms legally. Moreover, they will benefit from enhanced safeguards linked to the freedom of expression when they upload videos that contain rights holders' content, i.e. in memes or parodies.

After publication in the Official Journal of the EU, Member States will have 24 months to transpose the Directive into their national legislation.

Further details can be found here.

 

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