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How to license Article 17? Exploring the implementation options for the new EU rules on content-sharing platforms under the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive

Husovec, Martin and Quintais, João Pedro (2021) How to license Article 17? Exploring the implementation options for the new EU rules on content-sharing platforms under the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. GRUR International, 70 (4). 325 - 348. ISSN 2632-8623

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Identification Number: 10.1093/grurint/ikaa200

Abstract

Article 17 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive is a major internet policy experiment of our decade. The provision fundamentally changes copyright regulation of certain digital platforms. However, the precise nature of Art. 17 is far from clear. How does it fit the existing structure of EU copyright law and doctrine? How can the Member States implement it? These are the questions at the heart of this article. To answer them, we start by examining the nature and structure of the right prescribed in Art. 17. The exact qualification brings important legal consequences. Among others, it determines the conditions imposed by EU and international law on national implementations. After reviewing different interpretation options, we conclude that Art. 17 introduces either a ‘special’ or a ‘new’ sui generis right, both of which allow significant margin of discretion for Member States, especially as regards licensing mechanisms and exceptions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/grurint
Additional Information: © 2021 OUP and CH Beck on behalf of GRUR e.V
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2021 10:45
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2021 23:16
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/109897

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