Earlier this month, the EU Commission opened the stakeholder dialogue process as required by Article 17 of the Copyright Directive. As stated by the European Commission, 'the objective of the dialogue will be to hear stakeholders' views and to discuss possible practical solutions for the application of Article 17, including actions to be taken by online content-sharing service providers with regard to unauthorised content, taking into account the interests of all relevant parties and the safeguards for users'. The idea is that the outcome of these discussions will then feed into the guidance the EU Commission will publish on the application of Article 17.
Tears of joy or tears of sorrow? European Parliament approves biggest overhaul in copyright law for 20 years
On Tuesday 26 March 2019, news broke that the new Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market had been voted through the EU Parliament. The Directive, which has been the subject of the most intensive lobbying ever experienced in relation to new legislation, passed through the EU Parliament with 348 votes in favour, 274 votes against and 24 abstentions.