Earlier this week, the European Commission unveiled its Action Plan on Intellectual Property. The focus is clearly on European patents and trademarks, but the Plan also makes a few references to the ongoing copyright reforms and in particular to 'Article 17'. As we continue to wait for the publication of the final Article 17 guidelines by the Commission, it is interesting to note that the Plan refers to A17 as "a specific legal regime", seemingly confirming the controversial thesis that Article 17 constitutes a lex specialis. Can the Commission now convince the copyright industry? The debate is far from being over.
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