With the beginning of a new year comes a new step forward in Europe’s copyright reform. After months of debates on the copyright directive proposal, the new Bulgarian Presidency should ask EU countries for political guidance on the new neighbouring right for publishers (Article 11) and the mandatory filtering mechanisms for users uploads (Article 13).
What does this mean? To simplify, this means that negotiations on both articles carried out in technical meetings are not progressing, due to important questions about the scope and consequences of these articles, as well as strong differences of opinions between Member States. The matter is therefore handed over to a meeting of Member States’ deputy permanent representatives (the “COREPER I”), where political decisions on the direction that negotiations should take will be debated.