The Copyright Directive

In April 2019, the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was formally adopted, a change that will positively transform authors’ rights throughout the EU. Each member state now has until 7 June 2021 to transpose the its reforms into their respective national law.

The reforms are an opportunity to address pressing issues for authors in the Digital Single Market  and will promote the growth of European creative and cultural industries (CCI) – a major driver of Europe’s economy.

One of the biggest achievements of this new piece of legislation was addressing the ‘Transfer of Value’ problem. Transfer of Value, also known as the value gap, refers to the funnelling away of value from creators and into the hands of a number of online platforms. Read more here.

The Copyright Directive was a priority issue for all European creators because it directly affects their rights and the day-to-day use of their work. While the entire directive is important, below are some of the key areas that affect creators and those who profit from their work.

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Text and data mining

Article 3
A mandatory text and data mining exception for researchers and universities for their scientific research and non-commercial activities

Article 4
A general test and data mining exception, including for commercial purposes, where the content is lawfully and publicly accessible for such a purpose

Use of works for teaching online

Cultural heritage organisations

Extended collective licensing for wider access

Fixing the Transfer of Value/Value Gap in online market

Contractual guarantees for creators and performers