|Modern does not mean ...|
Despite earlier statements by EU Commissioners (see right), as far as copyright is concerned the DSMS has pretty narrow a focus and ambition.
Proposed areas of intervention are only: cross-border access to "lawfully acquired" [so what about free streaming?] content and its portability; text and data mining for non-commercial and commercial purposes alike; and civil enforcement and the role of internet service providers (ISPs).
Writing on IPKat, I expressed the view that the DSMS is fairly vague as regards the form of any proposed legislative interventions [a new directive? a regulation? or not even law, but rather soft law instrument instead?], and overall contains fairly significant omissions.
An example is whether copyright should be harmonised further, possibly till the point that an EU copyright title is adopted.
As 1709 Blog readers may remember, further/full harmonisation has been an ongoing debate at least since the 2009 Reflection Document, in which for the first time in an official document the possibility of harmonising copyright fully at the EU level was mentioned and looked at favourably:
Is full harmonisation something that current Commission is considering, also following the recommendations included in the draft Report by MEP Julia Reda?
Whilst in Cannes yesterday, Commissioner Gunther Oettinger tweeted the following:
|... fully harmonised|