European Parliament Approves New Copyright Directive

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STRASBOURG: The European Parliament voted in favour of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market on 26 March 2019. The text will now need to be formally endorsed by the Council of the European Union in the coming weeks.

Member States will have 24 months to transpose the new rules into their national legislation as soon as the text is published in the Official Journal of the EU.

“The Copyright Directive protects freedom of expression, a core value of the European Union. (…) At the same time, the Directive will improve the position of creators in their negotiations with big platforms which largely benefit from their content. Writers, journalists, singers, musicians and actors will find it easier to negotiate better deals with their publishers or producers”, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said in a joint statement.

In September 2016 the European Commission proposed modernising EU Copyright rules for European culture to flourish and circulate, as part of the Digital Single Market strategy.

The EU copyright rules dated back to 2001.

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