Copyright Across Borders: Bitesize summary of the EC communication on copyright


On 14 September 2016, the European Commission published a communication proposing a Directive regarding the promotion of a fair, efficient and competitive European copyright-based economy in the Digital Single Market.

In summary, the proposals in the communication focus on three main priorities:
• Better choice and access to content online and across borders.

o The portability of online content across borders should be facilitated by a legal mechanism for broadcasters to obtain licences and permissions from rights holders more easily through collective management organisations, negotiation bodies and licencing hubs.

• Improved copyright rules on education, research, cultural heritage and inclusion of disabled people.

o Educational establishments should be allowed to use materials for teaching through digital tools and in online courses.

o Researchers should be able to use text and data mining technologies to analyse large sets of data.

o Cultural heritage institutions should be allowed to preserve works digitally to ensure the survival of cultural heritage.

o Accessible format copies of works should be available for disabled people to ensure that copyright does not act as a barrier to equal rights and access for all citizens.

• A fairer and sustainable marketplace for creators, the creative industries and the press.

o A new right for publishers is proposed to protect the rights in press publications online, reflecting the shift of newspapers, magazines and other publications from print to digital.

o Video sharing platforms should deploy technologies to detect unauthorised publication of protected works and publishers should be transparent and inform rights holders of the profits made from their works.

Ralph Giles