Final Article 13 text approved by European negotiators
The final text of the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market (including the controversial Article 13 provision) was approved during the evening of February 13, after the final phase of talks started on February 11. This is a major step toward the final adoption of the bill by the European Parliament.
The final talks began on Monday evening after European Member states voted last week to use a France – Germany deal as an agreed position from which to negotiate. The deal included a number of "possible compromises" on the wording of Article 13 and the ‘Definition of an online content sharing service provider’ under Article 2(5).
Article 13 aims to force companies hosting user-generated content be held liable for copyright infringement on their platforms. Some European music industry organizations have welcomed the news so far, including German collective society GEMA and GESAC (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers).