EU Copyright Reform - Briefing Paper 

On 12th September 2018, the European Parliament voted in favour of proposals for copyright law reform. These form part of the Directive of Copyright in the Digital Single Market, and they constitute the most major changes to European copyright law since 2001. The UK has announced its intention to harmonise with the DSM Directive following its withdrawal from the European Union.

The University welcomes the core aims of the Directive, which are to harmonise current European copyright law and to improve the access to and portability of digital goods. Some of the current proposals will achieve this aim. However, certain other aspects remain a cause of concern to the university community. These include: proposals to create a neighbouring right for press publishers; to impose new obligations on service providers to monitor and block content; and a more restrictive text and data mining exception. These proposals could place an undue burden on research and education institutions, and stifle lawful creative use of content.

The Directive is due to be finalised in the spring of 2019. It is important that the European Parliament receive feedback from a balanced range of stakeholders - in particular, the views of the research and education community need to be heard. We encourage those who have concerns, or who wish to find out more, to write to their MEPs, or to contact the Copyright & Licensing Team at the University. Further information will be provided on these pages as the legislation progresses.

If you have any questions about copyright legislation and reform, contact copyright@sheffield.ac.uk

Further reading:
https://eua.eu/news/150:eu-copyright-reform-european-parliament-vote-is-a-missed-opportunity-to-bolster-r-i.html

https://libereurope.eu/blog/2018/09/12/european-research-innovation-at-risk-after-copyright-vote/

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/en/your-meps/uk_meps.html