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New Rules for the Internet: Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

Copyright is an intellectual property right that protects the interests of those who originate creative works. In this post, Dr Titi Adebola of the University of Aberdeen considers a controversial European Union reform of the law in this area.

On 26 March 2019, after over two years of debates, the European Parliament adopted the proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This has come to be known as the Copyright Directive or the DSM Directive, and is referred to in this post as simply ‘the Directive’. MEPs adopted the Directive in a plenary session: 348 voted in favour, 274 voted against, and 36 abstained. The Directive still requires final approval by member states through the Council of the European Union. Upon approval, the Directive will take effect 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. Member states will then have up to 24 months to transpose the Directive into national law…


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