Digital single market - Copyright directive

Event date: 08/12/2017
Digital single market - Copyright directive

The Digital Single Market strategy aims to open up digital opportunities for people and business and enhance Europe's position as a world leader in the digital economy. In this framework, a new legislative package for the modernisation of the EU copyright rules is presented by the Commission in September 2016.

A Digital Single Market (DSM) is one in which the free movement of persons, services and capital is ensured and where the individuals and businesses can seamlessly access and exercise online activities under conditions of fair competition, and a high level of consumer and personal data protection, irrespective of their nationality or place of residence.
The European Commission has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market (DSM) as one of its 10 political priorities.
Among its directives, a new directive on copyright in the digital single market. The purpose is to adapt EU copyright legislation to the digital environment, which is quickly changing the way copyright-protected works and content are created, produced, distributed and exploited in the European Union.

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The Legal Affairs Committee’s decision to open negotiations with Council is announced at the opening of the plenary session on Monday afternoon.

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Joint conference of the European Parliament and the European Commission in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels

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The new regulation on the portability of digital services across the EU was adopted respectively by the European Parliament and by the Council of the European Union in May and June 2017.

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MEPs vote on opening talks with EU governments on new rules to give consumers a wider choice of online TV and radio on offer in the EU.

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