After two years since Brussels gave the green light, Italy has transposed the European directive on copyright protection into its own legislation.

The Italian Parliament gives the green light to the transposition of the European Copyright Directive. The Senate approved the European Enabling Act 2019-2020, as did the Chamber of Deputies at the end of March.

The measure thus paves the way for the executive decree that will have to implement Directive 2019/790 into Italian law, by the June 7th deadline set by the Union’s operating rules. The text in question concerns copyright and related rights in the digital single market, giving Member States the power to adopt modalities and initiatives that can protect creativity more effectively, according to their local provisions.

The Directive aims to strengthen the position of right holders of protected works in terms of transparency and control over their use online and the recognition of fair remuneration for the exploitation of those works across platforms.

In this respect, two articles of the Directive are of particular relevance to the film and audiovisual sector, providing for adequate and proportionate remuneration for authors and performers in the context of digital uses of works, as well as access to information necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the right to remuneration.

The conclusion of agreements between newspaper publishers in the Member States and the major players is encouraged, in order to obtain remuneration linked to the use of published content, for which the authors themselves, such as journalists, will have to receive part of the remuneration. This will be done through a fair remuneration adjustment mechanism and will include all creators of works and works published on the most diverse web platforms. This is why the approval was awaited by the entire world of entertainment and culture.