The European Union is considering a wild new approach to copyright law. The EU votes on the copyright reform tomorrow, and the fate of the “Copyright Directive” is very much in the air. The Directive is hated by almost all parties, which makes it odd the legislation has made it to a final vote. Why discuss a European copyright development if the DMCA doesn’t apply to the EU? Because your site traffic will come from everywhere. Regardless, Articles 11 and 13 represent a revolutionary change to copyright law online and are much different than the DMCA. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the key issues.
Copyright Directive Passes?
Will copyright reform pass? One would’ve thought so as recently as a few months ago, but the people have awoken in Europe. The EU has been enacting regulations and directives right and left with little resistance. Europeans are now seeking efforts such as the GDPR in action, and are starting to realize the golden promises made by EU bureaucrats are not coming true. Instead, one can’t help but notice that the Internet in the EU is starting to look like a mattress with 45 warning tags – tags nobody reads. People are starting to realize the Copyright Directive may be a further fiasco, and some groups have even hit the street to protest. Over copyright reform!
Ultimately, I believe the copyright directive will pass. The Directive’s language should make for a great surprise since the bureaucrats are refusing to share it with the public before the vote – democracy at work! The EU ministers are a docile bunch, so expect passage but by a relatively close margin.
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