Press Release: COSME initiatives supporting Intellectual Property

The protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is important for promoting innovation and creativity, developing employment, and improving competitiveness. Creating a supportive economic environment is one of the priorities of the EU Programme for the Competitiveness of SMEs (COSME). The IPA4SME and IPR SME Helpdesks are two COSME funded initiatives aiming to provide SMEs with advice, financial support and guidance on IPR.

CULT Activity Report of the 8th legislature

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Official Journal (L Series): Directive (EU) 2019/790 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC

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Official Journal (L Series): Directive (EU) 2019/789 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes, and amending Council Directive 93/83/EEC

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Press Release: EU Intellectual Property Office should use surplus money productively

The budget surplus of the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), amounting to almost half a billion euros in 2018, should be put to a productive use, according to a new opinion by the European Court of Auditors. The office should explore ways of using its surplus money, which is currently incurring negative interest payments, to support research, innovation and growth in the EU, say the auditors. Moreover, the office should be subject to the same budgetary and discharge procedure before the European Parliament as other EU bodies.

Blog by Vice-President Ansip: A Digital Single Market for Europe – online content and access

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Agenda: Working Party on Intellectual Property (10 May 2019)

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23rd Session of the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), Geneva, 20 – 24 May 2019

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (15 April 2019)

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Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the 2019 European Business Summit

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Updated – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (11 April 2019)

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Blog by Vice-President Ansip: A Digital Single Market for Europe – the data economy

“I often say that data is the bedrock of the digital economy. It is so much more besides that.

Purely in financial terms, by 2025 the data economy of the EU-27 is likely to provide 5.4% of its GDP, equivalent to €544 billion.

Data is the basis of everything digital – and now potentially as important to business and society as the internet itself.”

UPDATED – Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes, and amending Council Directive 93/83/EEC

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UPDATED – Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC

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List of working papers (WK) distributed in the Working Party on Intellectual Property in the Q1 2019

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Note: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes, and amending Council Directive 93/83/EEC (first reading)

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Note: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC (first reading)

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UPDATED ‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC (first reading)

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Press Release: Copyright reform clears final hurdle – Commission welcomes approval of modernised rules fit for digital age

Today the Council of the European Union gave its green light to the new Copyright Directive which will bring concrete benefits to citizens, the creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, and cultural heritage institutions.

The reform will adapt copyright rules to today’s world, where music streaming services, video-on-demand platforms, news aggregators and user-uploaded-content platforms have become the main gateways to access creative works and press articles. It was proposed by the Commission in September 2016 and voted by the European Parliament in March 2019.

Press Release: Copyright reform clears final hurdle: Commission welcomes approval of modernised rules fit for digital age

Today the Council of the European Union gave its green light to the new Copyright Directive which will bring concrete benefits to citizens, the creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, and cultural heritage institutions.

Press Release: EU set to enhance cross-border access to online content

The EU is taking steps to increase the number of TV and radio programmes available online for European consumers. The Council today adopted a directive which will facilitate the licensing of copyright-protected material contained in such programmes so that they can be made available throughout the EU.

Press Release: EU adjusts copyright rules to the digital age

The EU is amending its legal framework on copyright to make it fit-for-purpose in today’s digital environment. The Council today adopted a directive that modernises existing EU copyright law to pave the way towards a true digital single market. The new rules ensure adequate protection for authors and artists, while opening up new possibilities for accessing and sharing copyright-protected content online throughout the European Union.

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