European Parliament Approves Controversial New Copyright Laws

European Parliament Approves Controversial New Copyright Laws

European Parliament Approves Controversial New Copyright Laws

In the case of Article 11, they note that attempts to "tax" platforms like Google News for sharing articles have repeatedly failed, and that the system would be ripe to abuse by copyright trolls. "[The warnings] are correct, but exaggerated". Critics, however, claim it will have a chilling effect on a free and open internet.

The scope of Article 13 has been narrowed to platforms that host "significant" amounts of content and "promote" them as well, while the revised Article 11 removes copyright constraints on article links and "individual words" words describing them.

"There is no doubt that European Union copyright law requires modernisation in order to keep pace with the digital age", said Dublin-based intellectual property law expert Karen Gallagher of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com. "Musicians and artists thrive when they collaborate and share", said Wyclef Jean, who is in Strasbourg arguing against the rules. "Perfectly legal content like parodies and memes will be caught in the crosshairs".

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Some also worry about the cost and reliability of automated filters.

YouTube already uses Content ID to identify and block copyrighted content, but when these rights are put into the hands of publishers the censorship might become much more severe.

"I would congratulate the MEPs, British MPs, musicians, creators, investors and all who worked so tirelessly in support of these vital safeguards - despite the campaign of misinformation by Google and their allies".

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"We are grateful to the members of the European Parliament who stood up for the creative community, since this now opens the way for a Copyright Directive that can close the value gap and boost investment into new British music and other new content". It's an unprecedented move from the European Parliament to limit the more innovative and sharing aspects of the internet.

[These measures] will undermine free expression online and access to information. Much of the criticism has rightfully focused on Article 13, which would result in risky, preemptive, automatic filtering of content without necessary safeguards to protect creativity online.

Previous efforts to make sure publishers are paid have backfired in Europe. Spain approved a similar provision in 2014 that persuaded Google to shutter the Spanish portal of its Google News service, which consisted of snippets from and links to news stories.

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