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 September 28, 2017
  • Committee voteThe relevant committee passes the amended report or rejects itSeptember 28, 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.
  • The draft opinion of the leading Legal Affairs Committee, as well as those of the Internal Market, Industry and Culture Committees, call into question whether these ideas enjoy majority support in the European Parliament. Members of the Legal Affairs Committee have submitted almost 1000 amendments.
  • Next, the shadow rapporteurs try to negotiate compromises that enjoy majority support. The Committee wil vote on the result in September, which then needs to be confirmed by the entire Parliament in a plenary vote. Meanwhile, the EU member state governments are working on their own common position in the Council.

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? Read more
Article 13: Censorship machines
Will internet platforms where users can upload content be forced to monitor user behavior to identify and prevent copyright infringement? Read more
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? Read more

Full text of the Commission proposal


Show past events

May 30, 2017 IMCO Debate of opinion compromise amendments
June 8, 2017 IMCO Vote on opinion
June 19 or 20, 2017 JURI Debate of report amendments
July 12 or 13, 2017? JURI Debate of compromise amendments
September 28, 2017 JURI Vote on report
Winter 2017? EU Parliament Plenary Vote on report

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