Opinion of the CEIPI on the European Commission’s copyright reform proposal, with a focus on the introduction of neighbouring rights for press publishers in EU law

12.05.2016

In order to contribute to the debate on the ongoing EU copyright reform, CEIPI drafted an Opinion on the proposed introduction of neighbouring rights for press publishers in EU law. The proposal is included in the European Commission’s Draft Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market of 14 September 2016. CEIPI will soon review also other portions of the proposed reform in a separate forthcoming position paper.

This Opinion draws particular attention to the challenges for the Digital Single Market associated with the establishment of an additional layer of 28 national rights. Also, it looks into the impact of the proposal on the interests of creators, as well as to the missing causal link between the proposed reform and market efficiency justifications, highlighting existing empirical evidence to the contrary. In conclusion, CEIPI recommends to refrain from the introduction of neighbouring rights for press publisher for the digital uses of publications.

CEIPI follows and comments the main developments in the area of intellectual property at national, European and international levels. Development of a balanced and efficient intellectual property system of the European Union is of great interest to the centre.

Please click here to access the Directive Proposal and the Impact Assessment.

The website "Intellectual Property" published a short article about this Opnion. Click here to read this article.

The "1709 Blog" published a short article about this Opnion. 

To access previous position papers click here