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Parliamentary questions
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17 August 2021
E-002618/2021(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002618/2021

The rationale of Article 18 of Directive (EU) 2019/790 on copyright and related rights (‘the directive’)(1) is to protect authors and performers, who tend to be in weaker contractual positions, when they grant a license or transfer their exclusive rights harmonised under Union law, for the purposes of exploitation in return for remuneration. Article 18 does not differentiate between different uses of copyright protected works or subject matters.

However, when Member States implement Article 18 they have to respect the conditions laid down in this provision and other applicable Union law rules, including those on online content sharing service providers, which are subject to a specific copyright regime laid down in Article 17 of this directive.

(1)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32019L0790&qid=1624449921814&from=EN
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