As faithful DisCo readers might remember, last September the European Commission published a deeply disappointing proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, introducing a widely rejected ancillary copyright for press publishers and undermining the limited liability regime of intermediaries – i.e. the legal foundation of the Internet in the European Union.
Since then, the often bewildering legislative process of the European Parliament has started and several committees have published their respective drafts amending the Commission’s proposal.
This is for example the case for the Internal Market Committee (“IMCO”), whose draft opinion – rejecting entirely the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers (or “publisher’s right”) and limiting the damage done to the e-Commerce Directive – was a first step in the right direction.
This is also the case for the Legal Affairs Committee (“JURI”), which published its own draft report earlier this month after a remarkably extensive and thorough consultation period. As JURI is the lead committee for this proposal within the European Parliament, an in-depth look at this draft report seems appropriate.