|Brussels correspondent: |
This is a question that has been haunting EU copyright enthusiasts for a few months now.
While we wait for the official documents, Statewatch has just leaked a draft version of the Commission Staff Working Document - Impact Assessment on the modernisation of EU copyright rules [here's the link].
While this draft document is composed of nearly 200 pages and IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER IT IS THE VERSION CURRENTLY BEING CONSIDERED BY THE COMMISSION, these - in a nutshell - are the possible future moves of the Commission:
Access to content
Ensuring wider access to online transmissions of broadcasting organisations by applying country of origin rule to the clearing of rights for broadcasters' online services ancillary to their initial broadcast [this is not surprising: I had suggested something along these lines a while ago].
Introducing three new mandatory [!] exceptions:
- an exception with a cross-border effect covering digital and online uses in the context of illustration for teaching, with the option for Member States to make this (partially or totally) subject to the availability of licences;
- an exception for text and data mining applicable to public interest research organisations covering text and data mining for the purposes of both non-commercial and commercial scientific research;
- an exception for preservation purposes by cultural heritage institutions.
In relation to online services storing and giving access to user uploaded content, imposing an obligation on them to seek, in good faith, to conclude agreements with right holders for the use of their content and to put in place appropriate and proportionate measures, in cooperation with right holders, to avoid unauthorized content in their services.
Rights in publications
Introducing in EU law a related right covering online uses of news publications and introducing the possibility for Member States to provide that publishers may claim compensation for uses under an exception.
A more detailed analysis will follow soon [see here for an early response]: stay tuned!