Current status: IN COMMITTEE

  • ProposalThe European Commission proposes a legal initiativeSeptember 2016
  • Draft reportThe rapporteur of the leading Committee in the European Parliament presents a draft reportMarch 2017
  • OpinionsOther committees give their opinions on the proposalDrafts submitted February 2017, debate ongoing until May 2017
  • AmendmentsOther MEPs submit amendments to the report and the opinionsuntil April 12, 2017
  • CompromiseThe rapporteur attempts to consolidate the amendments into a report that unites a majority, the same happens with the opinionsuntil June 19, 2017
  • Committee voteThe relevant committee passes the amended report or rejects itJune 19, 2017
  • Plenary voteThe entire Parliament passes the final report or rejects itWinter 2017?
Full title:
Copyright in the Digital Single Market
Directive (will be implemented into national law by Member States)
Legal Affairs (JURI)
MEP Therese Comodini Cachia (EPP, Malta)
My role:
Shadow rapporteur for the Greens/EFA group

1 minute summary

  • A proposal to reform EU copyright was presented by Günther Oettinger shortly before leaving his post as Digital Commissioner. The proposal falls far short of the stated goal of “breaking down national silos in copyright” and updating the rules to the digital age.
  • Several of the proposed measures would expand and complicate EU copyright. Three are particularly controversial: “Censorship machines” for file uploads, an extra copyright for news sites and the very limited scope of a proposed text and data mining exception.
  • According to the draft opinion of the leading Legal Affairs Committee, as well as those of the Internal Market, Industry and Culture Committees, none of them seems to enjoy majority support among the appointed spokespeople in the European Parliament – though several individual MEPs are in favour. With Oettinger gone, will the EP reject his legacy?
  • Next, Members of the Legal Affairs Committee can file amendments to MEP Comodini’s draft report by April 12, and the Committee is ambitiously scheduled to vote on its report in June.

What’s being debated

Article 11: Extra copyright for news sites
Will all use of  journalistic content online, even when just describing a link, require a license from the publisher?
Article 13: Censorship machines
Will internet platforms where users can upload content be forced to monitor user behavior to identify and prevent copyright infringement?
Article 3: Text and Data Mining exception limited in scope
Will a new EU-wide permission to conduct research using text and data mining be limited to research institutions only?

Full text of the Commission proposal


Show past events

April 24, 2017 IMCO Debate of opinion amendments
May 3, 2017 JURI Debate of report amendments
May 10, 2017 EU Commission Digital Single Market policy review
May 30, 2017 IMCO Vote on opinion
June 19, 2017? JURI Vote on report
Winter 2017? EU Parliament Plenary Vote on report

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