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Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules

Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules

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The European Union has approved a copyright rule that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies. Artists, celebrities and tech experts have spoken out both in favor and against the EU directive, which the 28 member states are required to adopt as law and got final approval from the European Council Monday. Here's a look at key issues. ——— WHAT DOES THE DIRECTIVE SAY? The most vigorously debated part of the legislation is a section that makes companies responsible for making sure that copyrighted material isn't uploaded to their platforms without permission from the original creator. It puts the legal onus on platforms to prevent copyright infringement but
Article 13: Memes exempt as EU backs controversial copyright law

Article 13: Memes exempt as EU backs controversial copyright law

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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

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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...
EU copyright reforms 'could harm creatives'

EU copyright reforms 'could harm creatives'

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By Ajay Nair, news reporter The EU is a step closer to implementing a controversial copyright law reform that could affect what people share on websites like YouTube after politicians agreed on changes to the proposals.The reform, which pits tech giants like Google against publishers and content creators, will be put to MEPs next week before they make their final decision at a later date. Proposed changes to the law are designed to re-balance the relationship between internet platforms and those who create content - anything from music and memes to news and film.It seeks to give fairer pay to creators and forces tech firms to remove copyrighted content.Following the announcement, Andrus Ansip, the European Commission's vice president for the digital singl...
Web giants (and memes) saved from copyright law

Web giants (and memes) saved from copyright law

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Web giants are breathing a sigh of relief following a vote against overhauling the EU's copyright law by MEPs. Google, Facebook and other tech firms would have been forced to share more of their revenues with publishers and artists had the copyright directive been passed.While those for the move, including Sir Paul McCartney, argued it would help musicians get paid fairly for their work, the directive had ignited controversy with campaigners, who warned it would lead to the creation of upload filters and the banning of memes on the internet. Image: Facebook and Google would have been affected by the overhaul The campaign against the directive focused on a particular provision, Article 13, saying online platforms would ...