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'Catastrophic': EU passes controversial copyright law that could hit the likes of Google and Facebook

  • Lawmakers in Strasbourg have voted in favor of the European Union's revamped copyright directive.
  • Critics say the law could block internet users from being able to post content like memes and links to articles.
  • The copyright battle pits media companies and musicians against tech over the widespread availability of their content online.
Published 2 Hours Ago Updated 17 Mins Ago

The European Union flag is seen with Google's logo.
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The European Union flag is seen with Google's logo.

European parliamentarians have passed a controversial overhaul of copyright law that could force tech giants to install filters that prevent copyright-protected content from being uploaded.

Lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, voted on Wednesday in favor of the European Union's revamped directive, which is aimed at bringing the bloc's rules on copyright into the 21st century.

The copyright reform was passed with 438 votes in favor, 226 against and 39 abstentions.

But critics say such a law would normalize censorship and restrict internet freedom, preventing users from being able to post content ranging from memes to links to articles from news outlets.

The controversy mainly surrounds two sections of the law — Articles 11 and 13.

Article 11 would grant press publications copyright over the sharing of their content online, meaning they would be able to charge services like Google News for aggregating their stories. Critics have dubbed this as an effective "link tax," but proponents say hyperlinks will be exempt.

Meanwhile, Article 13 calls for "effective content recognition" technology to filter out copyright-protected content. Detractors hold that this part of the law could threaten social media users' ability to share anything from internet memes to snippets of music and film.

Reacting to the result of the vote, Julia Reda, a German Pirate Party lawmaker, said it was "catastrophic" that the parliament voted in favor of the most controversial pieces of the legislation.

"Final vote for Parliament position on the copyright directive with #UploadFilters and #LinkTax adopted," she wrote in a tweet. "Parliament has failed to listen to citizens' and experts' concerns."

Opponents of the directive have been using the hashtag #SaveYourInternet on social media.

"The legislation is now better balanced, answering many of the concerns of journalists, publishers and musicians whose work was being shared freely online without stifling innovation or fundamentally changing the nature of the internet," Sajjad Karim, a British Conservative lawmaker, said in a statement following the vote.

"It also takes into account the rights of users, ensuring that materials used for teaching and research, and by cultural and heritage organizations, are not encumbered by unnecessary restrictions."

What's next?

Wednesday's vote won't be the last you've heard about the EU's copyright reforms.

Lawmakers had initially voted to delay the vote, rejecting the version of the directive that had been agreed by a committee at that time.

Now that politicians in Strasbourg have come to an agreement, the next stage for the law will be what's known as "trilogue," which consists of talks between European Parliament, EU executive body the European Commission, and a collective of the leaders of EU member states known as the European Council.

And even once the directive goes through this process, it will still require each individual EU nation to decide on how they will implement the new rules.

The EU copyright battle pits media companies and musicians against tech giants over the widespread availability of their content online. Supporters of the law argue that people and companies in the creative industries are being starved of revenues lost to the sharing of their intellectual property on digital platforms.

It could particularly impact platforms like Facebook and Google's YouTube, which rely on user-generated content. Google has been accused of lobbying aggressively to prevent the directive from being passed into law.

The issue has drawn attention from notable figures in both the tech and media worlds, including internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, former Beatles star Paul McCartney and French DJ David Guetta.


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Comment by Chris of the family Masters on September 12, 2018 at 4:40pm

I second that! (snipers)

Comment by Deep Space on September 12, 2018 at 10:52am

Snipers Wanted

Comment by DTOM on September 12, 2018 at 9:59am

Just look at them...

The choices are now simple - the EU must be dissolved or we will have civil war

Folks, I'm open to any suggestions that don't involve the latter...

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