New EU Copyright Directive

On 15 April 2019, the Council of the European Union gave its green light to the new Copyright Directive which will bring concrete benefits to citizens, the creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, and cultural heritage institutions.


The reform is meant to adapt copyright rules to today's world, where music streaming services, video-on-demand platforms, news aggregators and user-uploaded-content platforms have become the main gateways to access creative works and press articles. It was proposed by the Commission in September 2016 and voted by the European Parliament in March 2019.

The new Directive is supposed to boost high-quality journalism in the EU and offer better protection for European authors and performers. Users are to benefit from the new rules, which will allow them to upload copyright protected content on platforms legally. Moreover, they will benefit from enhanced safeguards linked to the freedom of expression when they upload videos that contain rights holders' content, i.e. in memes or parodies.


The Copyright Directive is a part of a broader initiative to adapt EU copyright rules to the digital age.

On 15 April 2019, EU Member States also adopted new rules to make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programmes on their online services available across borders.

Furthermore, since 1 April 2018, Europeans who buy or subscribe to films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books and games in their home Member State are able to access this content when they travel or stay temporarily in another EU country.

Next Steps

After publication in the Official Journal of the EU, the Member States will have 24 months to transpose the Directive into their national legislation. The new rules on Copyright as well as the new rules facilitating access to online TV and radio content across borders will be formally signed on Wednesday 17 April at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.


The Directives were published in the Official Journal of the EU on 17 May 2019 and are available here:

EU Commission, PM IP/19/2151, 15 April 2019

Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt vom 29.07.2019 13:29

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