Our senior associates Olivia Kranich (Estonia) and Stasys Drazdauskas (Lithuania), and associate Lūcija Strauta (Latvia), contributed to the project led by the international law firm Bird & Bird partner Pawel Lipski by providing an overview of the implementation of the DSM directive (Directive (EU) 2019/790 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC) by the EU member states in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for publication in Practical Law Global. Frieda Donahue led the project on behalf of Practical Law (Thomson Reuters). The directive addresses copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market.

The Directive entered into force on 6 June 2019. Member states were given until 7 June 2021 to transpose the Directive into national law. Estonia has implemented the Directive through amendments to the Copyright Act.

This Practice Note provides an overview of the implementation status of the Directive in each member state, including implementing laws and relevant dates, and plans for future measures where applicable. For certain member states, the Note includes commentary on selected key points regarding the extent of implementation.

According to Pawel Lipski, it is the first and only such comprehensive study on the DSM implementation (which despite the deadline that lapsed in 2021 is not yet completed in many countries).

Read more: Digital Copyright Directive – ESTONIA