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New European Copyright Directive: Fundamental Shift From U.S. Policy

Enforceability for U.S. Companies, Required Licensing Agreements, Take Down Policies, Preparing for Compliance

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Conducted on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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This CLE course will discuss the new European Copyright Directive and what it means for U.S. companies. The panel will explain what exactly it means procedurally and discuss its enforceability as well as the consequences for failing to comply. The panel will also discuss what steps U.S. companies should take to ensure compliance with the new directive.


On Mar. 26, 2019, the European Parliament passed a new directive that increases accountability of online platforms for copyrighted material posted on their sites without owner consent. On Apr. 15, 2019, over 71% of the member states voted in favor of the new directive, which is now law. The directive applies to companies based outside of the EU if the platform is in Europe and is fundamentally different from U.S. policy.

As U.S. companies prepare for when the directive goes into effect, they must account for potentially inconsistent implementation as each European member state will shift the directive into national laws. While the directive is aimed at large internet platforms such as YouTube and Google, smaller players are not exempt. Platforms will be required to enter into licensing agreements with creators to use their content or put in place takedown procedures in compliance with the directive.

Listen as our authoritative panel of IP attorneys examines the new EU Copyright Directive. The panel will explain what the directive means procedurally and its enforceability in the U.S. The panel will also discuss the consequences for failing to comply, how it's different from what was previously in place, and how it's a fundamental shift from the policy in the U.S. Also, the panel will discuss what U.S. companies need to do to ensure compliance with the new directive.



  1. New EU Copyright Directive
    1. Requirements
    2. Enforceability in the U.S.
    3. The shift from current policy
  2. Consequences for noncompliance
  3. Compare/contrast with U.S. policy
  4. Preparing for the life under the European Copyright Directive


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How does the new European Copyright Directive differ from current U.S. copyright policy?
  • What does the copyright directive require of U.S. companies?
  • What steps should U.S. companies take to prepare for complying with the new directive?


Adediran, Peter
Peter Adediran

PAIL Solicitors

Mr. Adediran runs PAIL Solicitors focused on SME businesses, talent and management. He is a contentious and...  |  Read More

Remore, Abigail
Abigail J. Remore

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi

Ms. Remore handles a wide range of intellectual property matters, including litigation, enforcement, counseling,...  |  Read More

Sperry, Marcy
Marcy L. Sperry

Sperry IP Law d/b/a Vivid IP

Ms. Sperry’s career spans 15-plus years of expertise as a practicing trademark and IP attorney—including at...  |  Read More

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