Copyright-intensive industries account for 6.9% of the EU GDP and 11,821,456 million jobs - 5.5% of all jobs in the EU. (Source: EUIPO/EPO)

Copyright and related rights give right holders exclusive rights to control the use (or economic exploitation) of their works or other protected subject matter, e.g. reproduction, distribution, adaptation, translation, performance or public display. To be protected, works must be original irrespective of their literary or artistic merit.

A fit-for-purpose, long-term EU copyright policy should enable the development of the digital single market and should be sufficiently flexible to facilitate the digital evolution. It needs to be based on continuity, proportionality and fair competition.

Last updated: 15 September 2023