European Parliament Committees Watch

COMMUNIA advocates for policies that expand the public domain and increase access to and reuse of culture and knowledge. We seek to limit the scope of exclusive copyright to sensible proportions that do not place unnecessary restrictions on access and use.

This dashboard is a work in progress with incomplete data, not yet intented for interpretation or sharing.

As part of its copyright reform advocacy activities COMMUNIA is tracking all relevant amendments to the proposed Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive that are being tabled in the relevant committees of the European Parliament.

In total more than 2500 individual amendments have been tabled so far. COMMUNIA is analysing these amendments in order to assess in how far individual amendments support or undermine our policy objectives. We do so on a 5 point scale and keep track of these scores in a shared google sheet. This google sheet informs our outreach to MEPs and other relevant stakeholders. We also share our analysis with like minded groups such as Copyright for Creativity and the copyright coordination group of libraries and cultural heritage institutions.

Article 4 and Article 13

The data on this dashboard contains all the amendments related to Article 4 and Article 13 of the CDSM Directive. While data is still being processed on amendments relating to other articles, we believe Articles 4 and 13 contain the meat of the directive and are worth a detailed analysis.

From the data collection the following information was available: the amendments score, the MEPs introducing the amendment, and some relevant information about the MEPs (namely, their country, national party and their political group). The initial 5-point scoring of “yes-yes” to “no-no” was converted to a numerical score, with a maximum positive score of 10 points for “yes-yes” and a maximum negative score of -10 for “no-no”. Together this data allows for a grouping of the total score for each MEP, but also for their respective party, group and country.

First, a look at the country level. The maps below show the score totals of the amendments by originating country of the involved MEPs.

Score by country: Article 4
Source: Kennisland.
Score by country: Article 13
Source: Kennisland.

Score distributions by country and by political group

The graphs below show the distribution of the total scores for all MEPs, grouped by their countries and political groups, respectively. The color of the lines conveys the total score of the amendments. The thickness of the lines in the left charts represents the number of amendments originating from that particular country and political group; the line thickness in the right charts represents the total seats in the European Parliament that particular country or group has.

A quick comparison of the left and right charts can indicate MEPs from which country or group are either punching above or below their weight: Among the political groups, two stand out. ALDE is contributing more amendments than would be expected, solely based on their representation; EPP is contributing way less than to be expected.

Political Groups: comparing scores and number of amendments
Source: Kennisland.
Political Groups: comparing scores and number of parliamentary seats
Source: Kennisland.

Countries: comparing scores and number of amendments
Source: Kennisland.
Countries: comparing scores and number of parliamentary seats
Source: Kennisland.

Score Matrices

The above data is presented once more in tables for all of the different distributions. At the bottom, the total score of each MEP is shown.

Source: Kennisland.
Source: Kennisland.
Source: Kennisland.


Source: Kennisland.