The European Commission has published a series of proposals to modernise EU copyright law in line with changing digital technologies and new online services.
Stakeholder views are divided on whether there is a need to extend the "country of origin principle" to online transmissions
As part of the DSM, the EU held a public consultation in 2015 on the SatCab Directive. The Commission has now published a report on the responses received to this consultation, which shows that stakeholder views are divided on whether there is a need to extend the "country of origin principle" to online transmissions.
Last week saw a leak of the EU Commission's Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market, which presents the Commission's political approach to supporting the development of online platforms in Europe. Importantly, the Commission confirms that it intends to preserve the existing intermediary liability regime in the E-Commerce Directive. However, it notes the need to clarify certain concepts, including the scope of the safe harbour for intermediary liability. Online platforms will be encouraged to take more effective voluntary action to safeguard key societal values and the Commission promises further certainty regarding their liability when taking these good faith measures. The Commission will continue to review the need for formal notice-and-action procedures during the second half of 2016. The next copyright package will be adopted in Autumn 2016 and will aim at ensuring fair allocation of the value generated by the online distribution of copyright-protected content by online platforms.