The European Parliament voted today in favor of a controversial piece of legislation which aims to give creators the right to demand compensation when their work gets uploaded or used online, and prevent users from uploading and sharing unlicensed copyrighted content.

Critics called the decision “disastrous” and said that the directive’s Article 11 provision would not be effective in taxing platforms like Google News. Meanwhile, Article 13 would prove to be too burdensome to smaller platforms since scanning the data would require a lot of resources. Aside from this, the system is likely to be abused by copyright trolls and could lead to mass censorship.

Source: The Verge

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