CEPS Project

The Internal Market Aspects of Copyright

The added value and options for improving the functioning and efficiency of the Single Market in the field of Copyright


This study explores the existing policy problems and the possible options for reforming the EU copyright framework as provided by EU Directive 29/2001 on Copyright in the Information Society (InfoSoc Directive) and related legislation, with a specific focus on the need to strengthen the Internal Market for creative content. We find two main policy problems: i) the absence of a Digital Single Market for creative works; and ii) the increasing tension between the current system of exceptions and limitations and the legal treatment of emerging uses of copyrighted content in the online environment. Without prejudicing a future impact assessment that might focus on more specific and detailed policy options, our analysis suggests that ‘more Europe’ would be needed in the field of copyright, given the existing sources of productive, allocative and dynamic efficiency associated with the current system. Looking at copyright from an Internal Market perspective would, in this respect, also help to address many of the shortcomings in the current framework, which undermine legal certainty and industrial policy goals.


This project was awarded under the Framework service contract for provision of external expertise in the fields of impact assessment and European added value: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IP/G/ALL/FAC/2013-002/Lot 2) with the European Parliament. The full list of CEPS’ Framework Contracts is available here.

Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation & Digital Economy

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Giuseppe Mazziotti

Felice Simonelli

Associate Senior Research Fellow