On 17 May 2019 the approved Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was published. Member States have until the 7 June 2021 to implement the new rules into national law. In this explainer, Paul Keller, Independent Policy Advisor to Europeana Foundation breaks down the changes these new rules bring to Europe's Cultural Heritiage insitutions.
This week will see the final round of negotiations about the EU copyright reform that has been in the making since 2016. During a series of meetings in Strasbourg the negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission will try to find compromises on the last controversial elements of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive. If they manage to do this, the compromise will go to a final vote by the European Parliament later this spring. If they do not, the efforts to modernise the EU copyright rules will likely be set back by a number of years.
In this White Paper, Member State and EU policy-makers and experts outline next steps to be taken to stimulate the re-use of digital cultural heritage in research, education and learning, tourism and the creative industries.
In 2011, the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands started releasing images of public domain works online. In 2013, these were all made available in the highest resolution possible, without any copyright restrictions.