The European Commission organises a stakeholder dialogue to discuss best practices for the cooperation between online content-sharing service providers and copyright rightholders.

Article 17 of the Directive on Copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market (EU 2019/790) requires the European Commission to organise a stakeholder dialogue to discuss best practices for cooperation between online content-sharing service providers and rightholders.

Objective of the stakeholder dialogue

The objective of the dialogue is to hear stakeholders’ views and to discuss possible practical solutions for the application of Article 17, including actions to be taken by online content-sharing service providers with regard to unauthorised content uploaded on their platforms, taking into account the interests of all relevant parties and safeguards for users. The outcome of the discussions will feed into the preparation of the guidance that the Commission will issue pursuant to the Directive.

The stakeholder dialogue meetings

The selected participants engage in a series of meetings in Brussels. The selection, based on the criteria indicated in the call for expression of interest open from 28 August to 18 September 2019 ensured that relevant stakeholders impacted by Article 17 are properly represented. 

Those include in particular representatives of rightholders, online content-sharing service providers, consumers, users and fundamental rights organisations. 

Representatives of EU Member States are also invited to participate in the meetings.

Besides the regular participants, some further stakeholders may be invited on an ad hoc basis to share their particular expertise or to participate in the discussions on the specific issues.

The Commission remains available to engage in discussions and receive and publish position papers by stakeholders not selected for the physical meetings. 

The meetings

The stakeholder dialogue meetings were organised in Brussels throughout the autumn 2019 and continue in 2020. All meetings are webstreamed. The recording of the meeting as well as the presentations are available at dedicated meeting pages below. 

  1. First meeting – 15 October 2019
  2. Second meeting – 05 November 2019
  3. Third meeting – 25 November 2019
  4. Fourth meeting – 16 December 2019
  5. Fifth meeting - 16 January 2020
  6. Sixth meeting - 10 February 2020

To conclude the stakeholder dialogue process, the Commission seeks the views of the participants to the stakeholder dialogue on the Commission’s initial views on the guidance. See dedicated page for further information.