The EU Directive on Copyright and related Rights in the Digital Single Market was published today in the Official Journal of the EU. Here you can read the Directive text in English language.
The Directive will enter into force on the 20th day from the date of its publication, i.e. on 7 June 2019, which means that Member States will have to transpose it by the 7th June 2021 (transparency obligation – by 7th June 2022).
Following the plenary vote in the European Parliament (March 26th), Frances Moore, CEO, IFPI, commented:
“We thank lawmakers for their efforts in navigating a complex environment to pass a Directive with noteworthy implications for the content community. This world-first legislation confirms that User-Upload Content platforms perform an act of communication to the public and must either seek authorisation from rightsholders or ensure no unauthorised content is available on their platforms. The Directive also includes a ‘stay down’ provision requiring platforms to keep unlicensed content down – another global first.
We now look forward to the implementation stage, where we will work with the EU’s Member States to ensure the Directive is transposed into national law in a manner fully consistent with its aim and key principles of European and international law.”
IFPI – representing the recording worldwide industry is the voice of the recording industry worldwide.