Five Considerations for the Transposition and Application of Article 17 of the DSM Directive

Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Forthcoming

8 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2021

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Eleonora Rosati

Stockholm University, Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 17, 2021

Abstract

Directive 2019/790 on copyright in the Digital Single Market was adopted in 2019. Member States have until 7 June 2021 to transpose its provisions into their own national laws. Of the various provisions which are part of the directive, Article 17 has been and remains one of the most intensively and intensely discussed ones.

This brief commentary takes position in respect of five key points concerning the transposition and application of Article 17: (1) the nature of its right of communication to the public; (2) the possibility for Member States to envisage de minimis exclusions; (3) the nature of exceptions or limitations in paragraph 7; (4) ex ante blocking of content and the role of the complaint and redress mechanism in paragraph 9; and (5) the position of users whose content has been unduly blocked.

It maintains that: (1) the right of communication to the public in Article 17 is the same right as found in the rest of the acquis; (2) Member States cannot introduce statutory de minimis exclusions; (3) the exceptions and limitations under Article 17(7) have mandatory character, require adopting a minimalistic transposition method, and should interpreted uniformly across the EU; (4) ex ante blocking is allowed and the complaint and redress mechanism serves inter alia to reinstate unduly blocked content; and (5) users are entitled to invoke protection under available exceptions and limitations, although those cannot be characterized as user rights.

Keywords: copyright; Article 17; Directive 2019/790; platforms; users; user rights; parody; quotation; freedom; EU law

Suggested Citation

Rosati, Eleonora, Five Considerations for the Transposition and Application of Article 17 of the DSM Directive (February 17, 2021). Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3793056

Eleonora Rosati (Contact Author)

Stockholm University, Faculty of Law ( email )

S-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden

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