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 Januargy 24/25, 2017
  • Committee voteThe relevant committee passes the amended report or rejects itJanuary 24/25, 2018
  • Plenary voteThe entire Parliament passes the final report or rejects itEarly 2018?
Full title:
Copyright in the Digital Single Market
Directive (will be implemented into national law by Member States)
Legal Affairs (JURI)
MEP Axel Voss (replacing Therese Comodini Cachia since summer 2017) (EPP, Germany)
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.
  • There is broad scientific consensus that three of the proposals would be particularly harmful: “Censorship machines” for file uploads, an extra copyright for news sites and the very limited scope of a proposed text and data mining exception.
  • Several committees of the European Parliament suggested only minor changes to these measures, largely lending support. Drafts that followed the scientific consensus were watered down in majority votes.
  • The same risks happening in the leading Legal Affairs Committee, where the MEP in charge authored a very sensible report, but then left Parliament. The new rapporteur, Axel Voss, distanced himself from it and supports the Commission’s proposals. Almost 1000 amendments were submitted.
  • Next, the shadow rapporteurs try to negotiate compromises that enjoy majority support. The Committee will vote on the result in January, 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
Opinions by the Internal Market, Industry and Culture Committees of the European Parliament [Civil Liberties Committee to follow]


Show past events

November 20, 2017 18:00 LIBE Vote on opinion (Live stream)
January 24/25, 2018 JURI Vote on report
Early 2018? EU Parliament Plenary Vote on report

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