Reform of copyright in the EU

Creators and publishers met on Tuesday in the European Parliament to present to MEPs their concerns about the EU copyright reform. In September, the Commission presented a draft amendment to copyright legislation in the European Union.
The regulations proposed last year are being drafted by several committees of the European Parliament, including the JURI, the Committee on Civil Liberties and Justice (LIBE) and the EU Council. According to the legislators, the new regulations will improve the situation of authors and publishers. They will guarantee their protection against the pirated use of their works.

“It really is about ensuring a stable income situation for artists and that the laws protect their ownership of what they produce.” On the other hand, we need to understand that there is a great deal of potential in the digital world for the transmission of songs, That is why we need to rewrite the rules that govern this, “said PO MP Michał Boni of the LIBE Committee in an interview with PAP.

However, the artists themselves are not 100 per cent confident about all the copyright proposals.

At the European Parliament meeting on Tuesday, Representatives of IMMF, which is an association of artists from 50 countries, including Poland, representatives of online services like Facebook and the creators themselves. Kamil Jaczyński from the Polish hip hop label Wielkie Joł.

The worries of the creators are aroused primarily by art. 13 of the Commission proposal, which assumes that web sites, especially file sharing platforms (like YouTube or Wikipedia), where users share their content, will be required to actively monitor their users’ activity to prevent copyright infringement. This is to protect artists whose works are reproduced without their permission, for example on YouTubie. Meanwhile, according to the publishers, mainly independent artists will not be left behind, such as large record companies, who will defend their interests.

“80 per cent of the new artists we represent are independent artists, many of whom want to create on their own and do not want to work with big publishers. They have the right to do so, and they should not lose it,” she said at an independent label. Plate IMPALA. Creators also have concerns that regulations restrict consumer access to culture.

“Art 13 assumes that all content that is based on someone else’s content, such as fanfics, will be blocked, for example, on social networks.” The ideal example of this is the clips from the concerts that people throw in their social media. If the regulation goes into effect, the Internet user will receive information that infringes copyright, “said Kamil Jaczyński.

It would be illegal, for example, to publish cover images of legally purchased music albums or books or remixes of well-known songs, even if the material has been edited by the user himself.

“It will not be for the benefit of the users or for the benefit of the artists. The automatic and preventative blocking of content on the basis of copyright submissions will only reduce the creativity of both,” added Jaczyński.

Article 13 from the outset also causes discussion for other reasons. Namely, it requires that web sites install special content filtering software provided by users, which will allow them to track their network activity at all. This is not only inconsistent with the current provisions of the E-Commerce Directive, which prohibits the introduction of a top-down obligation to control consumers but is also technically not feasible at the present time.

“There is no technology that will be able to catch all infringing content, and it can happen that many legitimate content will be removed, and this will not be about social media but also private websites or blogs,” she said at the meeting. Anna Helseth from Facebook.

“We are trying to introduce copyright to digital content, but we need to introduce technologies that are not available today,” said Maltese MEP Theresa Comodini, rapporteur for the JURI copyright report. Comodini wants to completely remove Art. 13 of the EC proposal.

EP’s plenary vote on copyright reform is scheduled for the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018.

From Brussels Jowita Kiwnik Pargana (PAP)