EU – Revision of the EU rules on copyrights

Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (the "Copyright Directive") is the subject of discussions and public debates.

In July 2014, the European Commission published the Report on the responses to the Public Consultation on the Review of the EU Copyright Rules.

Moreover, on the beginning of January, Julia Reda, a member of the European Parliament, tendered her draft report on evaluating the Copyright Directive in order to discuss what could be improved in the EU's copyright legislation. According to this report, the Copyright Directive does not fit the current digital landscape and fails to establish harmonised copyright legislation across the European Union. As the next step, the plenary vote of the Parliament on the Report is expected in May 2015.