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Copyright Across Borders: Bitesize summary of the EC communication on copyright

On 14 September 2016, the European Commission published a communication proposing a Directive regarding the promotion of a fair, efficient and competitive European copyright-based economy in the Digital Single Market.
In summary, the proposals in the communication focus on three main priorities:
  • Better choice and access to content online and across borders.

    • The portability of online content across borders should be facilitated by a legal mechanism for broadcasters to obtain licences and permissions from rights holders more easily through collective management organisations, negotiation bodies and licencing hubs.

  • Improved copyright rules on education, research, cultural heritage and inclusion of disabled people.

    • Educational establishments should be allowed to use materials for teaching through digital tools and in online courses.
    • Researchers should be able to use text and data mining technologies to analyse large sets of data.
    • Cultural heritage institutions should be allowed to preserve works digitally to ensure the survival of cultural heritage.
    • Accessible format copies of works should be available for disabled people to ensure that copyright does not act as a barrier to equal rights and access for all citizens.

  • A fairer and sustainable marketplace for creators, the creative industries and the press.

    • A new right for publishers is proposed to protect the rights in press publications online, reflecting the shift of newspapers, magazines and other publications from print to digital.
    • Video sharing platforms should deploy technologies to detect unauthorised publication of protected works and publishers should be transparent and inform rights holders of the profits made from their works.