techUK responds to proposed EU Copyright reform

Today, 6 December 2016, techUK responded to the UK Intellectual Property Office’s Call for Views on the European Commission’s proposed Copyright package published on 14 September 2016.

techUK’s response warns that these proposals threaten to drive innovation out of Europe and prevent the emergence of new players in a globally competitive market. This would be directly opposing to the key aims of the Digital Single Market, which is to establish an environment in which digital start-ups are able to thrive and grow, and to create a data-driven European economy.

Highlights of techUK’s response include:

  • Proposed copyright exceptions for text and data mining must be broader to ensure legal clarity for all if a true data-driven economy is to be established and for European citizens to benefit from innovative products and services that use these tools.
  • The European Commission’s proposal for a new right for press publishers for the digital use of press publications have been a proven failure where previously implemented across Europe. There is no reason to suspect these would benefit online publishers at a European Union level.
  • Proposed changes to the online intermediary liability regime and requirements for content filtering technologies for user-uploaded content would create significant burdens for online service providers and new barriers to market.
  • In light of the UK’s planned exit from the EU, it is important that the UK Government continues to engage on these issues given their importance in future trading arrangements.

This response follows techUK’s initial reaction to the European Commission’s proposals when they were published, and a delegation of digital startups and SMEs who raised their concerns about these copyright proposals directly with EU policy makers.

Members can download techUK’s full response to the IPO below.

For more information about techUK’s work on Copyright please contact Jeremy Lilley

techuk response to ipo call for views on european... (pdf)

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