The Recorder: Will the EU’s New Copyright Law Bring Clarity or Chaos?

May 01, 2019

The European Union agreed to new copyright rules in April following over a year of negotiations. The Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market, also known as the EU Copyright Directive, was intended to clarify rights on platforms in the modern digital age. However, following extended debate the final draft contains numerous compromises which has left some of the directive open to interpretation.

O’Melveny special counsel Scott Pink believes the new law will make create a “daunting” task for platforms to individually license extensive content. He suggests creating “reasonable standards” to clarify how filters should work in practice.