7 May 2015 – Yesterday, the European Commission has published its « Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe ». One of the pillars of the DSM Strategy is the upcoming copyright reform. Vice President Andrus Ansip has repeatedly said that the present EU copyright rules are not fit for the digital age and that citizens should be able to access media content from everywhere in the EU.
The Commission announced to publish legislative proposals before the end of 2015, « to reduce the differences between national copyright regimes and allow for wider online access to works by users across the EU, including through further harmonisation measures. The proposals will include: (i) portability of legally acquired content, (ii) ensuring cross border access to legally purchased online services while respecting the value of rights in the audiovisual sector, (iii) greater legal certainty for the cross-border use of content for specific purposes (e.g. research, education, text and data mining, etc.) through harmonised exceptions,(iv) clarifying the rules on the activities of intermediaries in relation to copyright protected content and, in 2016, (v) modernising enforcement of intellectual property rights, focusing on commercial scale. »
All of these actions are of course tied in with economic interests, but the non-commercial sector is also clearly mentionned: The proposals will include harmonised exceptions at least for research and educational purposes.
Communication from the Commission « A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe »
Read the press release