European Union council adopts copyright directive

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2019

U.S. Internet giants such as Google and Facebook fought a public campaign against the legislation.

The new rules will mean that Google and other online platforms will have to sign licensing agreements with artists, news publishers and journalists in order to use their work online.

"Information society service providers, like news aggregators or media monitoring services, will be required to honour the new press publishers" right, but there will be limitations to what the new right protects.

The "Article 13" reforms, which are reflected in Article 17 in the finalised Directive, provide content creators with greater control over where their copyrighted material appears online and require online platforms to intervene to tackle unauthorised use of the material by users.

"The directive does not strike the right balance between the protection of right holders and the interests of European Union citizens and companies", the statement said.

The Directive was amended to exclude memes and gifs from its purvey, as they come under provisions safeguarding "quotation, criticism, review, caricature, parody or pastiche". Supporters of the reforms, along with the European Commission, suggest that the new rules will ensure fair remuneration for those producing content displayed online.

"This directive does not support the development of the digital single market and is a step backwards", he added. They point out that while large sites such as YouTube will be largely unaffected, it will threaten the existence of smaller sites.

The adopted directive includes articles 15 and 17.

One possible way to defeat the legislation would be to have it overturned by the European Court of Justice. The unintended consequences of today's vote may affect us all in the future.

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