Tag: Copyright Directive

EU Parliament Votes to Retain Copyright Rules

EU Parliament Votes to Retain Copyright Rules

The European Parliament last Wednesday voted in favor of keeping tougher copyright rules which could significantly restrict the market power of tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Proposed two years ago, the EU’s Copyright Directive was intended to foist more responsibility on online platforms, forcing them to share profits with publishers as well as bear liability for copyright infringement online. The Parliament’s decision was said to have been lauded by copyright holders. However, dissenting lawmakers may still force a vote at the general assembly next month.   Source: Reuters

Anti-Article 13 Messages Spread on Vulnerable Internet TVs

Anti-Article 13 Messages Spread on Vulnerable Internet TVs

A protester going by the handle “Cyber Anakin” had reportedly flashed anti-Article 13 messages on unsecured television set-top boxes this week. The message urged EU citizens to stop Article 13 which may take away their right to share memes. According to a recent open letter by a number of experts, the Copyright Directive will transform the tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users, The European Parliament is set to vote on the motion, which was introduced by the by German lawmaker Axel Voss, sometime next week. Source: ZDNet

Experts Say EU Copyright Law Could End Memes

Experts Say EU Copyright Law Could End Memes

Experts said this week that the EU’s proposed Copyright Directive, which the Parliament is set to vote on later this month, may soon make memes illegal. Memes, which are often humorous copies of slightly varied content, as well as remixes and other user generated content may soon be filtered as Article 13 of the directive will seek to compel platform providers to “take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rights-holders for the use of their works”. Jim Killock, executive director of the UK’s Open Rights Group, said that Article 13 takes a “Robocop” approach where anything that […]