Viewed as a whole, the DSM Copyright Directive represents a setback for copyright protection in the EU. To most observers, the debate looks like a classic struggle between those who wish to strengthen copyright and those who wish to roll it back. The reality is, of course, far more nuanced, but in the legislative process nuance was a casualty. Most rightholder groups were supportive of adoption, but there were significant exceptions. Anti-copyright stakeholders sought its rejection. National implementation of this instrument, which has forever altered the face of EU copyright, is set to be the next battleground.
Read more here where Ted Shapiro, Partner and Head of the Brussels Office, and Sunniva Hansson, Associate, discuss exactly what this will mean for copyright protection.