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During 2016, the EC worked on proposals to reform some aspects of copyright rules to make sure they are fit for the digital age. The proposals show how difficult it is to strike a good balance between contrasting interests.


  • While the EC is understandably trying to pass consumer-friendly measures, it could struggle in balancing all the interests at stake. This, in turn, could result in a regulatory framework that does not achieve its intended objectives and, in fact, could open the door to undesired consequences.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides an overview of the proposed changes to the copyright legislation in the EU.
  • Assesses the differences between the position of different stakeholders on the issue, and how they could be affected by the new rules.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key points of the EC's new proposals on copyright?
  • What are the challenges facing EU legislators in striking a balance between contrasting interests?

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Ovum view

  • Summary
  • The days of geo-blocking are likely numbered
  • Press publishers disagree on the introduction of a neighboring right
  • Regulators need to be careful about the ultimate impact of the proposed reforms


  • Further reading
  • Author

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