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DSM Watch: Towards a modern European copyright framework (Part 1)

DSMIn the first of a series of five, this blog overviews the European Commission’s action plan for modernising European copyright.


In May 2015 the announcement of the EU Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy received much attention. Our DSM Watch team is a multi-jurisdiction, cross-practice group working together to keep you informed as the initiatives under the DSM strategy roll out.

As part of the initiative’s first pillar “Better online access for consumers and businesses across Europe“, the DSM strategy outlined the Commission’s key areas for legislative action to create what it called “a modern, more European copyright framework“, and to improve access to digital content. On 9th December 2015, the European Commission published an action plan as well as a first legislative proposal on the revision of European copyright. With the action plan “Towards a modern, more European copyright framework” as well as a draft regulation on cross-border portability of online content services the European Commission aims for a modernisation of European copyright law in the context of developments due to the digital age.

Following our initial blog post of 9th December 2015 DSM Watch’s series of five blogs provides more detailed insight on the legislative and political measures envisaged by the European Commission.

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