- Improving copyright provisions relating to research, education and inclusion of people with disabilities
Nowadays there are almost no area of our lives where we wouldn‘t use some kind of technology, education – is no exception. More and more schools are using technology during their teaching process, one of the most important examples – the use of digital educational materials or online learnig programs. Unfortunately, due to the existing copyright law restrictions such teaching / learning tools are not available for everyone. This, of course, creates obstacles to those conducting various researches as well. For this reason one of the amendments suggested by the European Commission is a certain exception which would allow educational institutions to use a variety of teaching materials, through digital tools and online courses across the EU.
The proposed copyright and the digital single market Directive includes a number of other significant exceptions: 1) allowing EU-wide use of text and data technology to analyze large data sets for research purposes; 2) allowing culural heritage institutions to preserve the cultural heritage works in digital form.
- A fairer and sustainable marketplace for creators and press
The new Directive aims to strengthen the rights holders ability to negotiate and be fairly renumerated for the use of their works on various video sharing platforms such as Youtube. YouTube and other similar platforms will be obliged to use a variety of tools to help automatically detect songs or audiovisual works, and divide them according to whether copyright holders granted the right to use them in such platforms, or ordered to remove it.
Just as the music industry is already hard to imagine without a variety of music listening, uploading and sale platforms on the internet, the press has already slowly moving to the web pages as well. While it is clear that the „transition“ from paper publications to their electronic versions have many advantages, such as wider pool of readers or the possibility to report relevant news in real time, there is no secret that the publication of such material in cyberspace have increased the posibility of copyright theft. The Commission proposes to improve the situation by introducing a new set of publishers’ rights. This would include the same reproduction and „making available to the public“rights that EU law guarantees to the film producers, record producers, broadcasters, etc., as far as they relate to the use of digital works.
- Better choice and access to content online and across the borders