On 26 March 2019 the European Parliament voted in favor of the new and controversial Copyright Directive (Directive), which was subsequently also endorsed by the Council of the European Union on 15 April 2019.

The background to the Directive, in the context of its impact to the safe harbor provisions for online intermediary platforms, is covered in our recent TMT Looking Ahead publication here.

The final wording significantly evolved from the European Commission's proposal, after a long battle between the Parliament and the Council of the EU who provided various differing proposals for the text of the Directive. The Directive is part of a wider reform by the EU Commission of copyright in the internet age, within its plans to create a digital single market. So far, its path has been far from smooth.

The Directive aims to re-calibrate the balance of current protections in favor of rights holders. Click here to read our client alert where we provide a more detailed look at the new Directive and its potential impact on online platforms, right holders and performers.