Article 17 consultation: our submission

Read GESAC’s submission to the European Commission’s consultation for guidelines on Article 17, which raises a number of concerns about the general direction of the guidelines.




An unqualified success of the Copyright Directive, in its adopted form, was the careful balance it struck between freedom of expression, access to content and authors’ right.

The guidelines should crystalise the original aims of the Directive and set out a clear path to their attainment, however in its current form, the guidelines document proposes several points that contradict the spirit of Article 17 to the detriment of authors and rightsholders.