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On Wednesday, a first draft of the new Copyright Directive became public. It deals with, among other points, new and mandatory limitations to copyright (text and data mining, cross-border teaching, and preservation of cultural heritage). Furthermore, a new neighbouring copyright for publishers of news publications is about to be established at European level. The draft also contains provisions concerning the use of out-of-commerce works. The Commission further cautiously touches upon regulating video-on-demand platforms and their use of audiovisual works. Last but not least, the fair remuneration of authors and performers is part of the draft directive.
BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality Rules have been drafted. They are designed to provide guidance on the implementation of the obligations of NRAs and include the obligations to closely monitor and ensure compliance with the rules to safeguard equal and non-discriminatory treatment of traffic in the provision of internet access services and related end-users rights.
Statewatch published a draft of the Commission’s own Impact assessment on the modernisation of EU copyright rules which clearly states that the Commission will indeed propose the introduction of an EU wide ancillary copyright for news publishers.
While nobody expected the EU commission to come forward with a proposal for a literal “link tax”, the “introduction in EU law of a related right covering online uses of news publications” is exactly what civil society groups like Save the Link are criticising as a link tax.