What becomes of upload filters, ancillary copyright & Co.?

An interim balance after the EU Copyright Amendment

The reform of the almost 20-year-old EU copyright law, adopted by the European Union in April 2019, was loudly demonstrated at the beginning of the year. The amendment is intended to adapt copyright law to technical developments, harmonise it across the EU and contribute to an appropriate remuneration for creative people and rights holders on online platforms.
In the heated discussion in advance, almost everything concentrated on the concept of upload filters, while a whole series of modernisation requirements were pushed to the sidelines, such as the treatment of orphan works or the design of collective actions for copyright organisations or the appropriate remuneration of authors.
The member states now have two years to implement the amendment. Time to discuss: How does ancillary copyright law affect publishers in the meantime? Which technical means are used as upload filters and how good are they? What have creative people and rights holders gained from the amendment and what do they expect?


Thomas von Petersdorff-Campen

Lawyer, petersdorff


Claus Grewenig

Head of Media Policy, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland

Prof. Dr. Johannes Kreile

RA, Noerr, stv. Geschäftsführer Allianz Deutscher Produzenten – Film & Fernsehen

Valdo Lehari jr.

Publisher and Managing Director "Reutlinger General-Anzeiger", Vice President BDZV

Dr. Susanne Pfab

Secretary General, ARD


Carine Léa Chardon

Head of Media Policy / Media Law ZVEI, Managing Director Deutsche TV-Plattform