The EU Commission’s Proposal to Reform Copyright Limitations: A Good but Far Too Timid Step in the Right Direction

40(1) European Intellectual Property Review 4 (2018)

Posted: 26 Oct 2018

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Christophe Geiger

Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI

Giancarlo Frosio

Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI; Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Oleksandr Bulayenko

Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

The European Commission’s planned copyright reform proposes to adapt EU law to the challenges emerging in the Digital Single Market (DSM). The European Commission would like to develop a—much needed—strategy to take copyright into the 21st century and make it functional to the DSM. In particular, new mandatory exceptions and limitations should contribute to improving the digital environment’s creative ecosystem. However, the goal of the proposal of lowering barriers to research and innovation in the EU DSM should be pursued more decisively by expanding the reform’s scope. This reform should be an opportunity to consider also additional exceptions and limitations, reflect on the future design of an opening clause, and achieve true harmonisation of the DSM by declaring mandatory all limitations and exceptions provided in past EU copyright instruments. Against this background, this paper would like to provide a preliminary assessment of the introduction of new exceptions and limitations for Text and Data Mining (TDM), teaching, and preservation of cultural heritage by drawing attention to selected aspects of the reform and considering room for improvement where necessary.

Keywords: copyright, intellectual property, exceptions, limitations, reform, EU, European law

Suggested Citation

Geiger, Christophe and Frosio, Giancarlo and Bulayenko, Oleksandr, The EU Commission’s Proposal to Reform Copyright Limitations: A Good but Far Too Timid Step in the Right Direction (2018). 40(1) European Intellectual Property Review 4 (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3260045

Christophe Geiger

Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI ( email )

11 rue du Maréchal Juin
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Strasbourg, 67046
France

HOME PAGE: http://www.ceipi.edu

Giancarlo Frosio (Contact Author)

Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI ( email )

11 Rue de Marechal Juin
BP68
Strasbourg
France

HOME PAGE: http://www.ceipi.edu/en/ceipi/the-ceipi-team/giancarlo-frosio/

Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/about/people/giancarlo-frosio

Oleksandr Bulayenko

Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI ( email )

11 fue de Marechal Juin
BP68
Strasbourg
France

HOME PAGE: http://www.ceipi.edu

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