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Copyright: Commission urges Czechia to fully transpose EU copyright rules into national law

Today, the Commission has decided to send two reasoned opinions to Czechia over their failure to notify the Commission of transposition measures under two Directives, firstly with respect to copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions (Directive (EU) 2019/789), and secondly, on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market (Directive (EU) 2019/790).

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These two Directives aim to modernise copyright rules for consumers and creators to make the most of the digital world. They protect rightholders from different sectors, stimulating the creation and circulation of more high-value content. They bring greater choice of content for users by lowering transaction costs and facilitating the distribution of radio and television programmes across the EU. After the transposition deadline expired on 7 June 2021, the Commission opened the infringement procedure on 23 July 2021 by sending letters of formal notice to the Member States that did not communicate complete transposition of the two Directives. The reasoned opinions sent today are part of the wider package of infringements concerning the lack of complete transposition of the two directives by Member States; on 19 May 2022, the Commission followed up with reasoned opinions to 10 Member States over failure to notify the national measures transposing Directive (EU) 2019/789 and to 13 Member States regarding Directive (EU) 2019/790. In the absence of a satisfactory response, the Commission may decide to refer the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Today's two reasoned opinions: