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Parliamentary questions
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5 January 2021
E-005144/2020(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005144/2020

Pursuant to Article 17(10) of the directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market(1), the Commission is required to issue guidance on the application of Article 17 by June 2021. Article 17(10) lays down the steps to be taken and the criteria to be followed in the preparation of the guidance. The Commission organised a series of stakeholder dialogues to discuss best practices with interested stakeholders, as stipulated by that article, in the period June 2019-February 2020(2). Article 17(10) also requires the Commission in preparing its guidance to take special account, amongst other things, of the need to balance fundamental rights and of the use of exceptions and limitations.

In the light of the above, the Commission’s services published a consultation document(3) on 27 July 2020 in order to prepare the guidance. The consultation document presented the initial views on the application of Article 17 of the directive. The consultation document also highlighted a number of issues to be taken into account in order to meet the balance laid down in Article 17 of the directive.

The Commission will take into account the replies of the representatives of the creative sectors to the consultation, together with those of other interested stakeholders, in the preparation of the guidance on the application of Article 17.

(1)Directive (EU) 2019/790 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/stakeholder-dialogue-application-article-17-directive-copyright-digital-single-market
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/directive-copyright-digital-single-market-commission-seeks-views-participants-stakeholder
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