On 14 February 2017 the Court of Justice of the EU released an opinion (Opinion 3/15) that the conclusion of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled falls within the exclusive competence of the European Union.
In July 2015, the Commission submitted a request to the Court of Justice of the EU to deliver an opinion on the nature of the competence for the conclusion of the Marrakesh Treaty, because there was no consensus between Member States, whether the conclusion of the Marrakesh Treaty falls within the exclusive competence of the EU or within the shared competence, which allows Member States to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty alongside the EU.
Marrakesh Treaty was adopted on 27 June 2013 at the diplomatic conference organized by WIPO. The Marrakesh Treaty introduces international rules which should help beneficiaries of the Treaty - persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled to ensure the full enjoyment of their right to information and right to education and research through the improvement of the access to the works and their accessible format copies. At the same time, the access to the works and their accessible format copies for this specific category of persons should be supported by the cross-border exchange of works and their accessible format copies between the contracting parties and authorised entities.
On 7 November 2016 has been launched inter-ministerial public consultation about preliminary aspects of new EU legislative acts in the area of Copyright. The deadline of the inter-ministerial public consultation is November 11, 2016.
On 14 October 2016 the European Commission published proposals referring to Copyright reform. The European Commission objectives are especially to attain better access to the cultural content via online platforms on the international level, to improve rules in the area of education, research, cultural inheritance, inclusion of people suffer from disorders, right-minded and sustainable market for creators, creative market and press. Proposals are reflecting following documents:
Regulation laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes
Regulation on the cross-border exchange between the Union and third countries of accessible format copies of certain works and other subject-matter protected by copyright and related rights for the benefit of persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled
Directive on certain permitted uses of works and other subject-matter protected by copyright and related rights for the benefit of persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled and amending Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society
Judgment of the Court in a Case C‑160/15
On 8 September 2016 Court of Justice of the European Union in a case In Case C‑160/15, GS Media BV vs Sanoma Media Netherlands BV, Playboy Enterprises International Inc., Britt Geertruida Dekker, On those grounds, ruled:
Article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society must be interpreted as meaning that, in order to establish whether the fact of posting, on a website, hyperlinks to protected works, which are freely available on another website without the consent of the copyright holder, constitutes a ‘communication to the public' within the meaning of that provision, it is to be determined whether those links are provided without the pursuit of financial gain by a person who did not know or could not reasonably have known the illegal nature of the publication of those works on that other website or whether, on the contrary, those links are provided for such a purpose, a situation in which that knowledge must be presumed.
You might find the Judgment of the Court in Slovak language here:
On 23 March 2016 the European Commission launched a public consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain and on the 'panorama exception'. The consultation will run until 15 June 2016. More information you might find here: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/commission-seeks-views-neighbouring-rights-and-panorama-exception-eu-copyright and the survey here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Consultation_Copyright?surveylanguage=EN
9.12.2015 bolo zverejnené Oznámenie Európskej komisie Európskemu parlamentu, Rade, Hospodárskemu a sociálnemu výboru a Výboru regiónov s názvom „Smerom k modernému, európskejšiemu rámcu autorského práva". Sú tu predstavené plány Európskej komisie na rok 2016.
9.12.2015 Európska komisia predložila návrh nariadenia o zabezpečení cezhraničnej prenosnosti on-line služieb poskytujúcich obsah na jednotnom trhu (ďalej len „návrh nariadenia o portabilite"). V oblasti autorského práva ide o prvé nariadenie.
Návrh nariadenia možno nájsť na stránke Európskej komisie v časti "Ďalšie informácie".
9.12.2015 Európska komisia zverejnila verejnú konzultáciu k vymožiteľnosti práv duševného vlastníctva, termín: do 1.4.2016, link: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=8580.
24.9.2015 Európska komisia zverejnila verejnú konzultáciu „ Regulačné prostredie pre platformy, online sprostredkovateľov, dáta a cloud computing a hospodárstvo spoločného využívania zdrojov", termín do: 30.12.2015. https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/6906074f-1cca-44ea-aed7-e3fa659e645e?draftid=d18e20c8-a36d-4c11-8fd4-b16e42540046&surveylanguage=SK&serverEnv