Controversial Copyright

Our European IP team consider the impact of the new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market in six EU countries.

A team of IP lawyers across our European offices has considered the impact of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the DSM Directive) in six key European countries in an article published by Intellectual Property Magazine. The article entitled “Controversial Copyright” is available here. Intellectual Property Magazine provides in-depth coverage and analysis of all the latest trends in IP law for practitioners.

The DSM Directive completed the European legislative procedure on 15 April 2019 and was published in the Official Journal on 17 May 2019. European Member States now have until June 2021 to pass national legislation to implement the DSM Directive in their countries.

In the article, our European IP team looks at the controversial DSM Directive which was passed in the European Parliament with 348 votes in favour, 274 votes against and 36 abstentions. The article considers why Germany formally recorded its concerns about the provisions of the DSM Directive in a protocol statement. It also discusses the impact of the joint statement released by Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Finland in which these five Member States describe the DSM Directive as a “step back for the Digital Single Market rather than a step forward”. We also look at if and how the DSM Directive affects the UK, particularly in the light of Brexit.

Please contact the authors of the article for more details and if you are interested in influencing how the key provisions of the DSM Directive will be implemented in your country. A shorter summary of the Top 10 issues from the DSM Directive is also available here, as part of our TechNotes series.

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