Exceptions to copyright

The European Commission has announced a reform of the copyright rules in the EU before the end of this year. It intends to reduce the differences between national copyright rules by way of harmonised exceptions. The cep assesses the benefits and problems of mandatory exceptions to copyright.


In the digital age copyright-protected works are often made available and used cross-border especially via the internet. Service providers want to offer their services across the Member States just as consumers wish to access works from other Member States. Different exception rules in the various Member States can be an obstacle in cross-border situations.