The rather a lot beforehand reported draft new European Copyright Directive continues to work its means via the law-making course of in Brussels, though it seems like an needed vote all through the European Parliament will be pushed once more to December.
As beforehand reported, fairly a couple of committees all through the Parliament have been considering the model new European copyright proposals, which had been printed by the European Commission merely over a yr prior to now, and which embrace measures on safe harbour, transparency and contract adjustment, amongst many various points.
The full matter was because of return sooner than the licensed committee, aka JURI, this month, nonetheless copyright points have seemingly been taken off the agenda for that committee’s next meeting on 10 Oct, which implies the directive will now in all probability be talked about at a gathering in December instead. It may as however get bumped in 2018. The ridiculously extreme number of proposed amendments is considered considered one of many causes throughout the delay.
Legal web site Lexology speculates that one other excuse for the delay is more likely to be that the governments of six member states have put fairly a couple of questions about the safe harbour article to the EU Council’s Legal Service. The questions search readability on the legality of article 13, which could place new obligations on safe harbour dwelling websites of the YouTube choice, and it’s not clear when the Legal Service plans to answer them.
For the broader music group, the safe harbour article is probably going one of the vital needed elements of the proposed new directive, in spite of everything. And merely last week an assortment of commerce our our bodies representing the music group put their names to an open letter to the MEP major on the directive, Axel Voss, urging him to ensure the final word mannequin of the safe harbour reforming article throughout the new directive is of use to copyright homeowners.