Copyright Proposal delayed to Autumn 2016
After naming the modernisation of copyright law one of its priorities for the creation of a Digital Single Market in May 2015, the European Commission released a first measure in December 2015 – its « portability regulation » – that would allow consumers to keep on using their digital subscription to services like Netflix when they travel within Europe. A proposal on copyright was originally expected in spring or summer 2016.
The Vice-President in charge of the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip has announced that the EU copyright reform will be delayed until September or October 2016 because the Commission still needs further input. Günther Oettinger, the EU Digital Commissioner, added earlier this month that it should slide through political negotiations quickly — within a year and a half — without being “blocked” for years in “tedious” talks with the European Parliament and Member States.
More Fairness for EU Creators announced at the European Culture Forum
Culture Commissioner Tibor Navracsics opened the ECF on April 19 by underlining the importance of European artists’ freedom of expression and the essential link between culture and the European identity. He announced that the European Commission will present a proposal to make 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage, and mentioned that the Commission’s work to achieve a Digital Single Market should « free up European creativity, at all levels. This means giving citizens easier access to cultural works, but it also means ensuring that the industry remains competitive. And it means offering a better deal for creators – this is essential in my view.Europe should be the best place in the world for creators. » You can read the full speech here.
Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s closing speech the next day highlighted the importance of encouraging an promotiong talent and creativity throughout Europe : « it’s through new talents and creative, innovative ideas that we can relaunch the European project and promote economic growth ».
Among the different areas that will be touched upon by the expected copyright proposals and Digital Single Market measures, he stressed the importance of territorial licensing for the audiovisual sector, and the need for creators to be better rewarded : « authors and performers fair remuneration is key to have a diverse and high quality content for the audience ; [but they are] too often in a weak position when it comes to contract negotiation » : the Commission is now considering how to help European creators how to conclude fair contracts and get fair share of the revenues of the exploitation of their works, particularly online. He announces proposals in that area to come later this year. You can watch the full speech here.