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Pirate Party MEP to Initiate Change in Copyright Legislation

Written by Thomas Mould on 20 January 2015

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Julia Reda, MEP for the pirate party has been tasked to produce a report on the implementation of the infosoc directive. The final version of this report will be subject to a vote in the Legal Affairs Committee on 16 April 2015, and then a vote by the entire parliament on 20 May 2015.

Ms Reda’s report proposes significant changes to copyright legislation.

An interesting development in the report is the stress that Ms Reda places on human rights. Copyright is protected under Article 17 (2) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The freedom of expression is also in the Charter under Article 11. The way that these rights interplay has been the subject of judicial analysis at various levels.

Ms Reda proposes that the Commission consider the role of contract law in defining the relationship between the categories of rights holders.

In addition she proposes a full harmonisation of copyright in the European Union. This is to be achieved by using Section 118 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The draft report proposes to reduce the term of protection for copyright from 70 years to 50 years after the death of the author in compliance with Article 7 of the Berne Convention. 

We will have to wait for the final outcome of the report and its changes along the way but what is clear is that it will be an interesting year for copyright law.

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