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Digital Copyright Directive Published…and Already the Subject of Complaint

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:40 pm

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The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the Directive), has now been published in the Official Journal, and will enter into force on Friday 7 June 2019.

EU member states have two years in which to transpose the Directive (which is now officially Directive (EU) 2019/790 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC).

As we have previously discussed on the blog (in our pieces here, here and here), the progress of the Directive has been anything but smooth, with six countries – Poland, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden – voting against it in the final stages.

However, other countries including, France, Germany and the UK, did support it, and the current UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, speaking recently at the Professional Publishers’ Association, acknowledged that: “…while the Directive is not perfect, it is an important modernisation of the copyright framework for the digital age. Just as we do with all legislation, [the UK] will work closely with those affected to make sure we implement it in the right way”.

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