Brussels, 1 March 2018 – The European Commission today published a Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online. Its goal is to help EU countries and online platforms better deal with ‘all forms of illegal content’, including intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement.

Today’s Recommendation builds on the Commission’s Communication on tackling illegal content online, and its IPRED Guidelines, published last September and November, respectively.

Commenting, the Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip reiterated that ‘what is illegal offline is also illegal online’, which is good news for rightsholders.

‘ICMP welcomes today’s measures but emphasises the need for the accurate and full application of existing rules, including those contained in the E-Commerce Directive and IPRED as they are vital for protecting creators’ livelihoods. We would also urge the Commission to continue working to ensure that rightsholders have the much needed tools to tackle copyright infringement,’ said ICMP Director General Coco Carmona.