Magazine article Screen International

DSM Update: "Portability" in First Tranche of Copyright Proposals

Magazine article Screen International

DSM Update: "Portability" in First Tranche of Copyright Proposals

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According to a so-called 'roadmap', the EC is planning a two-step approach which will, initially, involve a set of legislative measures ïn December/early 2016" proposing a Regulation on cross-border portability and an instrument on the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for the benefit of print-disabled persons.

A second set of measures in spring 2016 may then address such issues as:

* Aspects of cross-border access to copyright protected services including those which may follow from the review of the Cable and Satellite Directive;

* Further harmonisation of exceptions to copyright which are key for the functioning of the digital single market;

* Clarification on the role of internet intermediaries when they distribute copyright protected content;

* The enforcement of intellectual property rights.

The Commission document explained that the Communication intends "to promote clear and balanced copyright rules that take into account new technologies, new uses and new market conditions, facilitate access to content for users across the EU, enhance the competitiveness of the EU creative industries by opening new market opportunities and reward the creativity and work of authors and other right holders."

Described as a softlaw instrument, the Communication " is only intended to provide a cross-cutting analysis of existing challenges and to suggest way forwards for modernising the current copyright legal framework, as well as other supporting actions to improve its functioning," the 'roadmap' document added.


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