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EU Propose New Copyright Laws

On September 12, 2018, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee voted to approve new copyright laws.


 The critical elements of the law are Article 11 and 13.


Article 11 give publishers and papers the right to charge anyone for linking to their work.  It enables Information Society Service Providers to grant copyright status to works by publishers, but limits such rights to one year.  It also exempts published works used for copying an “insubstantial” part or for use in academic or scientific research.


Under Article 13 Search Engines and sites that aggregate information will not be exempt from copyright infringements.   These businesses will only be granted exemption if they show that they are trying to prevent copyrighted works from being shared and act quickly to remove them from their sites.


This new law if implemented will have an adverse effect on the sharing of information on the web.  This will impact businesses big or small, whether it be YouTube, Facebook, Google or your small business website that aggregate and share information.  You will no longer be able to link to other sites without getting the permission of the copyright owner and paying their copyright fee.  It will require huge legal fees and costly implementation of measures to fulfill the requirements. 


The law is facing opposition from large and small businesses, academia, and many European nations.


What’s next?  The directive itself still faces a final vote in January 2019. Once passed the final vote it will need to be implemented by individual EU member states, who will apply their own individual interpretation and implementation.



EU Parliament [Copyright in the Digital Single Market]


By Bill Williams













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