Magazine article Screen International

EU States Agree Draft Directive on Copyright Reform

Magazine article Screen International

EU States Agree Draft Directive on Copyright Reform

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Directive now heads to European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The EU’s controversial reform of old copyright rules has moved a step forward after ambassadors from most of the 28 EU states agreed on a draft directive on late Friday evening (Feb 8).

It will now head to the European Parliament in Strasbourg for negotiations between MEPs during its Feb 11-14 session on a final, binding agreement.

The process around writing new EU-wide copyright rules, updating legislation put in place some 20 years ago and before the digital era, has been a rocky one on a number of fronts.

Europe’s creative industries are broadly in favour of the reforms, which they say will ensure professionals producing content of all types will be properly remunerated. …

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