European Union approves new copyright rules2019-03-27 17:11 by Daniela
European Union lawmakers approved a copyright legislation Tuesday intended to give writers and artists more protection of their creative rights and incomes. The results of the final vote in the EU parliament were 348 in favor vs 274 against.
Article 13, full title 'The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market', is an agreement that was quickly dubbed as an "upload filter". The rule would make content hosting sites liable for copyright violations. This means YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Twitter et al would be responsible for finding and removing copyrighted material. This could put content such as memes, song parodies and UGC at risk of being removed by platforms.
Yet many of the big tech companies targeted by the law say it is vague and badly written. They warn that they will be forced to over-police the internet to make sure they don't break the new rules.
The vote followed one of the most intense lobbying campaigns in years over a European Union law. Digital rights activists and tech industry representatives who opposed the law said it would result in censorship while limiting the sharing of information. The measure’s supporters said it would protect Europe's creative industries and force companies to pay for the content they share online.
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