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?
Head of Media Policy, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland
RA, Noerr, stv. Geschäftsführer Allianz Deutscher Produzenten – Film & Fernsehen
Publisher and Managing Director "Reutlinger General-Anzeiger", Vice President BDZV
Secretary General, ARD
Head of Media Policy / Media Law ZVEI, Managing Director Deutsche TV-Plattform