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IMPALA welcomes EU court judgement on Article 17



This morning, the Court of Justice of the EU dismissed the challenge brought by Poland against Article 17 of the 2019 EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.      
     
IMPALA’s Executive Chair, Helen Smith, commented: “We welcome the Court’s conclusion that Article 17 is compatible with fundamental rights. The ruling confirms that Article 17 has all the necessary safeguards. This means that the best approach for member states who have not yet implemented Article 17 is to stick to the text of the directive. IMPALA’s view has always been that Article 17 is a balanced outcome and the court’s confirmation of this is welcome.”
 
Helen Smith concluded: “Correctly implemented, Article 17 will rebalance relations between rightholders and platforms, give a recovery boost to the sector at no costs for governments and ensure citizens' fundamental rights are respected, as well as those of creators.”

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