In a previous edition we discussed the Copyright Directive or DSM Directive in particular in relation to article 17 (see here). Since our last article, three political parties have formed a government in Ireland with a heavily negotiated Programme for Government acting as a blueprint for the government sitting for the next 5 years. The programme does promise that it will “work with relevant government departments and external stakeholders to guarantee the protection of intellectual property rights and digital rights for the creative sector and to ensure the full implementation of the new EU Copyright Directive”.
Public consultations in Ireland on the transposition are closed, as is the Commission’s separate consultation on the implementation of Article 17. We understand that no definitive position has been adopted by the Irish Government as yet but that it has until 7 June 2021 to transpose the DSM Directive into domestic law.