EU Parliament approves copyright reform: “Important step for publishers and the entire creative sector


Publishers in Germany welcome European Parliament decision regarding EU directive on copyright in the digital single market / Re-establishment of remuneration for publishers in Germany moves one step closer / Prompt continuation of negotiations in the Trilogue stage now decisive

The European Parliament today opened an avenue for further negotiations on EU copyright reform. The decision was welcomed by the publishers organised in the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association):

“By voting in favour of the new measures, the European Parliament has paved the way for sustainable copyright law in Europe. The decision is an important step for authors and their publishers as well as for the entire creative sector. It also brings book publishers one step closer to the re-introduction of a publisher share in CMO revenues. Particularly small publishers have been facing significant threats to their businesses over the past several years. An acceptable compromise was also reached regarding the planned exception for education. It is now decisive that the next stage in the legislative process – the Trilogue – move ahead swiftly and constructively so that the directive can be adopted during the current legislative period,” says Peter Kraus vom Cleff, commercial director of Rowohlt Verlag, member of the Börsenverein Publishing Committee and Vice President of the European Publishers Association FEP.

In May 2018, the EU Council, as co-legislator, had already adopted its general approach, which had been agreed upon by the Member States (Council document 9134/18).The next stage will see negotiations between the EU institutions (Parliament, Council, Commission), the so-called Trilogue.

The issue at hand revolves around whether publishers are entitled to receive remuneration when their works are copied for private use, lent out by libraries or otherwise used under exceptions. This had been the established practice since the end of the 1950s. However, publishers’ right to this remuneration was called into question by the European Court of Justice (2015) and subsequently abolished by the Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (2016). 

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