Copyright reform

The European Parliament and Council are on the verge of reforming European copyright law in the digital single market

In future, European press publishers will be able to demand financial compensation from news search engines for excerpts of articles that go beyond the display of hyperlinks or individual words.

Platforms will be obliged to prevent copyright infringements on their sites and be liable for these unless they have made best efforts to prevent the uploading of non-licensed content. Software solutions such as upload filters that check whether images, videos, or music are copyrighted could be used, but are prone to error. Critics also fear intentional misuse.

However, the agreement reached in the trilogue have to be confirmed by the EU institutions in the coming weeks. It remains to be seen how this? will turn out, and whether the Directive will come at all. The reform of the copyright law has been the subject of heated debates for months.