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EU Copyright Directive
The EU copyright rules consist of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market and the Directive on Television and Radio Programmes. The Directives were published in the Official Journal of the EU on 17 May 2019. The objectives of EU Copyright Directives are to establish more cross-border access to online content; offer more opportunities to use copyrighted materials in education, research, and cultural heritage; and create a better functioning copyright marketplace.
To be more specific, one of the sole purposes of the Directives is to enhance the availability of works for European citizens, bring new channels for creators and the cultural heritage of the EU to the forefront. In addition, the purpose of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is to modernize the EU regulations applicable to key limitations and exceptions in the fields of research, teaching, and preservation of cultural heritage, in particular focusing on digital and cross-border uses. The exceptions that are mandatory under the proposed directive are in relation to Teaching activities, Text and data mining, and Preservation of cultural heritage. Last but not least, the measures focus on building a fairer market place for online databases, especially for online platforms, press publications, and remuneration of authors and performers.
The Directives are issued with the hope to help European copyright industries to thrive in a Digital Single Market and authors to reach new audiences while making European works widely available to European citizens, also across borders. The main aim is to make a good balance between copyright and relevant public policy objectives such as research, innovation, education, and the demands of individuals with disabilities.