The UK IPO has called for evidence from different groups of stakeholders on the impact of various reforms to UK copyright law in 2014 to assist with its Post-Implementation Reviews (PIR) process.
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.