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Article 13: Memes exempt as EU backs controversial copyright law

Article 13: Memes exempt as EU backs controversial copyright law

Technology
Copyright laws which critics say could change the internet have been voted in by the European Parliament.The new rules, including the controversial Article 13, will hold tech firms responsible for material posted without copyright permission.Sharing memes and GIFs will still be allowed under the new laws.Many musicians and creators say the legislation will compensate artists fairly - but others argue that they will destroy user-generated content.Copyright is the legal right that allows an artist to protect how their original work is used.Tech companies have argued that artists are already paid fairly under the current system. Google said it would "harm Europe's creative and digital industries". What is the controversial Article 1...
Controversial changes to copyright laws approved by the EU

Controversial changes to copyright laws approved by the EU

Technology
By Lucia Binding, news reporter EU lawmakers have approved controversial changes to copyright legislation that some critics say could alter the nature of the internet.The Copyright Directive was approved by 348 MEPs, while 274 voted against and 36 abstained. The move is designed to make tech giants more responsible for paying creatives, musicians and news outlets more fairly for their work online.EU member states have two years to implement the reforms - though it is not clear how the changes would affect the UK amid Brexit uncertainty.Musicians Paul McCartney and Debbie Harry have been among the most vocal supports of the law reforms, alongside a number of groups including the European Alliance of News Agencies which argue that it provides an opportunity...
The controversial tech used to predict problems before they happen

The controversial tech used to predict problems before they happen

Technology
By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent At least 53 councils are using computer models to detect problems before they happen, according to new research by Cardiff University and Sky News, which shows the scale of the controversial technology in UK public services.So-called predictive algorithms are being used by councils for everything from traffic management to benefits sanctions. The real figures could be much higher, as not every local authority responded fully to freedom of information requests.Almost a third of the UK's 45 police forces are also using predictive algorithms.:: Analysis - Hidden revolution is taking place :: Add to Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker. Image: More than 50 lo...
The controversial genius of Karl Lagerfeld

The controversial genius of Karl Lagerfeld

Entertainment
Karl Lagerfeld's death on Tuesday prompted an outpouring of grief from the fashion world. The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry's most revered figures.Tributes were paid by the likes of Donatella Versace and the fashion house Dior.But others, including actress Jameela Jamil, said his often polarising comments cast a shadow over his legacy. Jamil, who stars in comedy The Good Place, shared a link to an article criticising Lagerfeld, and said he should not be painted as a saint. But the model and actress Cara Delevingne, who regularly worked with Lagerfeld, defended Lagerfeld, tel...
Google retreats on controversial 'fake' price comparison scheme

Google retreats on controversial 'fake' price comparison scheme

Technology
Google has diluted a controversial scheme which critics say encourages the creation of "fake" price comparison sites - prompting one ad agency to say Google's "screwed everyone over". Sky News revealed last month that Google was offering substantial incentives - often amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds a month - to retailers who passed their ads through a Google-certified comparison shopping service, or CSS.The search giant then showed the names of the CSSs in its Google Shopping insert, giving the impression of a thriving comparison shopping marketplace.Now Sky News has learned that Google has slashed, by almost 85%, the incentives it gives all but the biggest retailers, effectively killing the scheme for many smaller agencies. ...