Copyright Reform Approved

The European Parliament has embraced questionable copyright changes advocated by news distributers and the media business, conveying a hit to the tech giants that campaigned against it.

European officials were pointedly partitioned on the copyright issue, with the two sides exposed to the most extreme campaigning the EU has ever observed from tech giants, media firms and content writers.


  • Propelled in 2016, the revamp of European copyright enactment was viewed as desperately required, not having been refreshed since 2001, preceding the introduction of YouTube or Facebook.


  • The change was welcomed by media organization and artists, on the other hand it was strongly opposed by Silicon Valley – especially Google.


  • The last days before the vote were set apart by marches and media stunts, including a huge number of individuals dissenting in Germany on Saturday under the slogan “Save the internet”.


  • Germany was at the core of the counter change development, driven by Julia Reda, a 32-year-old Pirate party MEP who led a crusade against two of the law’s provisions that moved toward becoming flashpoints in the discussion.


  • Reda’s principle stress was Article 13, which aims to reinforce the bargaining intensity of rights holders with platforms such as, YouTube, Facebook and Soundcloud, which utilize their content.


  • Under the change, European law would consider platforms legally in charge of upholding copyright, expecting them to check everything that their clients post to prevent infringement.


  • Reda and her supporters cautioned that Article 13 would expect platforms to install expensive content filters that would erroneously erase content from the web.


  • Benefactors of the law, driven by its rapporteur MEP Axel Voss, addressed that such filters were not a necessity but rather they don’t clarify how organizations can follow Article 13 without them.


  • The second article upheld the creation of a “neighbouring right” to copyright for news media.


The Law would empower news organizations to be better paid when their output is utilized by data aggregators like Google News or Facebook.

Major publishers including AFP have pushed hard for the change, considering it to be a pressing solution for quality journalism and the decreasing income of conventional media companies.



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