On 20 June, an open letter was sent to the European Commission by 58 Members of the European Parliament, asking EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Günther Oettinger to look into the “transfer of value that has emerged due to the lack of clarity regarding the status of these online services” – specifically referring to user-uploaded content platforms and content aggregation services, such as YouTube.
In view of the planned release of a copyright package in autumn 2016, Members of the European Parliament from different parties and committees led by MEPs Pervenche Berès, Christian Ehler and Martina Dlabajova, the co-Chairs and Vice-Chair of the Parliament’s Intergroup on the Creative and Cultural Industries, are advocating for a clarification of the liability of online platforms that monetise content without fairly sharing revenues with rightholders.
The signatories are therefore calling on the Commission to “create legal certainty by presenting solutions which will suit creators, rightholders and consumers alike. We believe that there will not be a Digital Single Market without content. Therefore the upcoming copyright reform should make clear that liability exemptions can only apply to genuinely neutral and passive online service providers, and not to services that play an active role in distributing, promoting and monetising content at the expense of creators”.
The open letter can be found here.