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As part of its Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission has issued long-awaited proposals on copyright and communications. Those hoping for an overarching attempt to recast copyright law or alter the overall balance between rights holders and platforms will be disappointed. Instead, the focus is on issue-specific reforms touching on a number of areas of copyright which we consider here in more detail. We also look at the workability of some of the key proposals around communications infrastructure.

EC copyright reform proposals place extra obligations on hosting platforms
Josephine Curry considers whether the new proposals fulfil the Commission’s aims.

The press publication right
Pollyanna West looks at the potential impact of the proposed right for online press publishers to restrict online reproduction of their original content.

The Copyright Directive proposal from a Dutch perspective
Maarten Rijks looks at how some of the EC’s proposals have worked in practice.

The press publication right from the German perspective
Malek Barudi considers the EC’s decision to model the new press publisher right on the controversial German regime.

EU targets investment in high speed networks
Angus Finnegan and Harriet Fletcher look at the key communications proposals recently published as part of the DSM strategy.

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