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Copyright: Commission calls on Member States to comply with EU rules on copyright in the Digital Single Market

The Commission has requested Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia and Slovakia to communicate information about how the rules included in the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (Directive 2019/790/EU) are being enacted into their national law.

 
The Out-Of-Commerce Works Portal goes live

The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (EU) 2019/790, for which the transposition deadline for Member State expires today, addresses among other things an issue that the cultural heritage sector has been struggling with for a long time: the exploitation of out-of-commerce works. Out-of-commerce works are works (e.g. visual arts, films, books, published or unpublished, etc.) that are still protected by copyright but that are not available via any commercial channels. European libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage institutions currently contain millions of out-of-commerce works in their collections. Such works can still hold great cultural, scientific, educational, historical and entertainment value. In order to support the core mission of cultural heritage institutions for public interest, the Directive establishes a clear framework for the digitisation and dissemination of such works.

 
New EU copyright rules that will benefit creators, businesses and consumers start to apply

This Monday 7 June marks the deadline for Member States to transpose the new EU copyright rules into national law. The new Copyright Directive protects creativity in the digital age, bringing concrete benefits to citizens, the creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators and cultural heritage institutions across the EU. At the same time, the new Directive on television and radio programmes will make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programmes on their online services available across borders. Furthermore, today, the Commission has published its guidance on Article 17 of the new Copyright Directive, which provides for new rules on content-sharing platforms.

 
Summary Report on the targeted consultation on the application of Article 17

In order to finalise the stakeholder dialogue on the application of Article 17 of the Directive on Copyirght and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market, the Commission organised a targeted consultation from 27 July to 10 September 2020. The consultation was addressed to the participants to the stakeholder dialogue organised by the Commisson pursuant to Article 17(10) of Directive (EU) 2019/790. The objective of the consultation was to gather feedback on the Commission’s initial ideas for the guidance that the Commission is required to issue on the application of Article 17.

 
Guidance on Article 17 of Directive 2019/790 on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

The aim of this guidance is to support a correct and coherent transposition of Article 17 across the Member States, paying particular attention to the need to balance fundamental rights and the use of exceptions and limitations, as required by Article 17(10). The guidance could also be of assistance to market players when complying with national legislations implementing Article 17.

 
Targeted consultation on the availability of works other than printed works in formats accessible for persons with disabilities within the internal market

The purpose of this targeted consultation is to collect information and data on the availability of certain copyright protected works, in particular works other than printed works (e.g.films, photos or music), to persons with disabilities. The Commission is carrying out this exercise as part of the preparation for a report foreseen by Article 9 of the ‘Marrakesh’ Directive (EU)2017/1564. The consultation is targeted at persons with disabilities and organisations acting on their behalf, rightholders, content producers, distributors, service providers, broadcasters and educational institutions.

 
Summary Report of the targeted consultation on the exercise of rights of performers and producers in the audiovisual sector

The targeted consultation on the exercise of rights of performers and producers in the audiovisual sector was held from 29 July to 31 December 2019. This consultation was addressed to those engaged in the management of rights in the audiovisual sector. The objective of the consultation was to gather relevant information and data on the exploitation of rights in the audiovisual market in relation to the term of protection. This summary report takes stock of the contributions and presents preliminary trends that emerge from them, focusing on the quantitative aspects of the input.