The Council of the Union has adopted a Directive that modernizes the current legislation on copyright.
The new rules aim to guarantee adequate protection for authors, opening up new possibilities for accessing and sharing copyrighted content online throughout the European Union.
The Directive addresses a series of issues that can be included in three macro-categories:
- Adaptation of copyright exceptions / limitations to the digital and cross-border environment
- Improved licensing practices to ensure wider access to creative content
- Realization of a well functioning market for copyright
With regard to online content sharing platforms, which are based on the "user uploaded content" model, the Directive clarifies the legal framework within which they operate.
At the same time, the Directive allows users to generate and upload content freely, for citation, criticism, revision, caricature, parody and pastiche purposes.
After the signing and publication of the Directive in the Official Journal of the European Union, Member States will have 24 months to implement the new rules in their national legislation.
The text of the adopted Directive can be consulted by clicking here.