• ProposalThe European Commission proposed a legal initiativeSeptember 2016
  • Committee positionThe appropriate committee of the Parliament adopted a positionJune 20, 2018
  • Plenary positionThe Parliament adopted its position, making changes to the one suggested by its committeeSeptember 12, 2018
  • TrilogueClosed-door compromise negotiations between Parliament, Council and the CommissionOct 2018 – Feb 2019
  • Plenary voteThe Parliament passes the end resultMarch or April 2019
Full title:
Copyright in the Digital Single Market
Official info pages:
Eur-Lex · Parliament · Commission
Directive (to be implemented into national law by Member States)
EP Committee:
Legal Affairs (JURI)
EP Rapporteur:
MEP Axel Voss (replacing Therese Comodini Cachia since summer 2017) (EPP, Germany)
My role:
Shadow rapporteur for the Greens/EFA group

3 minute summary

What’s being debated

Article 11: Extra copyright for news sites
Will all use of  journalistic content online, even when just describing a link, require a license from the publisher? Read more
Article 13: Upload filters
Will internet platforms where users can upload content be forced to monitor user behavior to identify and prevent copyright infringement? Read more
Article 3: Text and Data Mining exception limited in scope
Will a new EU-wide permission to conduct research using text and data mining be limited to research institutions only? Read more
Potential additions: User-generated Content / Remixing Exception, Freedom of Panorama,…
The Parliament voted down proposals to legalise today’s creative internet culture. Read more

Source texts:
European Commission: Legal proposal
European Council: Position on legal proposal (member state governments)
European Parliament: Opinions by the Internal Market, Industry, Culture and Civil Liberties Committees
European Parliament: Legal Affairs Committee (leading): Draft Report, over 1000 proposed amendments, Adopted Committee position
European Parliament: Position on legal proposal (right column)
Trilogue (Commission, Council & Parliament): Final consensus

Criticism summarised

[The Copyright Directive is] on the verge of causing irreparable damage to our fundamental rights and freedoms, our economy and competitiveness, our education and research, our innovation and competition, our creativity and our culture.
Over 80 signatories representing human and digital rights organisations, media freedom organisations, publishers, journalists, libraries, scientific and research institutions, educational institutions including universities, creator representatives, consumers, software developers, start-ups, technology businesses and Internet service providers

The [law] is failing its stated goals … The legislative drafts […] respond in effect to the agenda of powerful corporate interests … It will not serve the public interest
Independent legal, economic and social scientists from leading research centres across Europe

It does not happen often that there is wide scientific consensus on a contested policy issue. This is such a case, and policy makers need to take note.
Independent scientists from leading research centres across Europe

We are concerned that these provisions will create burdensome and harmful restrictions on access to scientific research and data, as well as on the fundamental rights of freedom of information. […] a significant threat to an informed and literate society
Large group of European academic, library, education, research and digital rights communities, including the European University Association and the International Federation of Library Associations

This [law] will lead to excessive filtering and deletion of content and limit the freedom to impart information on the one hand, and the freedom to receive information on the other.
57 signatories representing fundamental rights organisations, including Human Rights Watch and Reporters without Borders

The reform may thwart development of modern solutions in education, creativity, commerce, media or healthcare
A Future Not Made in the EU – Centrum Cyfrowe think tank

For more, see the individual topic pages.


Show past events

February 26, 2019 JURI Committee Vote to approve Trilogue outcome
Late March or early/mid April 2019 EU Parliament Final vote to approve law

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