Brussels
15 May 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

MEPs submit DSM amendments


Members of the European Parliament have submitted comprehensive amendments to the European Commission’s Digital Single Market proposals as part of a mid-term review.

The amendments, which number over 900, come after intense scrutiny over how the proposals will affect online content platforms and the creative industries.

One amendment requires the framework to “take into account new digital technologies that pose new challenges in finding the right balance between the protection of intellectual property rights and the new possibilities for consumers and businesses to create, innovate, access and exchange copyright-protected works and other subject matters”.

A number of amendments focus specifically on Article 13 of the proposed Copyright Directive, which would require user content platforms and services, such as YouTube, to adopt content recognition technologies to remove potentially infringing subject matter from their sites.

Several members of the European Parliament, including Julia Reda, proposed that Article 13 be removed altogether.

Reda has openly criticised the reforms, including the EU’s controversial “link right” proposal, reportedly arguing that it would support fake news sites.

In February, a rapporteur for the European Parliament committee on culture and education argued that Article 13 does not “define with enough provision” the scope of services that will fall under it.

This will create “legal uncertainty and a potential broader effect,” according to rapporteur Marc Joulaud.

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