European countries approved sweeping reforms to copyright law on Monday after the European Parliament voted to adopt the new legislation last month.The EU Copyright Directive will protect and govern how copyrighted content posted online, bringing outdated rules up to scratch for the internet age. The law has been hotly debated both by politicians and the wider tech community, with some of the world's biggest companies taking a strong stance against the legislation -- in particular a section known as Article 13.For proponents of digital rights, the approval of the directive comes as a huge blow after over a year of campaigning to uphold what they see as the integrity of the internet. Following the European Parliament vote in March, there was hope that enough key countries might try to block the directive that it wouldn't pass, but ultimately it didn't face enough opposition on a national level (all EU legislation faces a final vote by member states before it can pass into law).Italy, … [Read more...] about Article 13: EU countries approve copyright directive
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To say that copyright is a complex area is an understatement. Copyright law and the nuances therein can arguably make quantum physics seem relatively straightforward to understand. And when those laws change, with new regulations ushered in, matters can become more confusing than ever.And such is the case in the European Union right now, following the passing of the EU Copyright Directive by the European Parliament earlier this week. But what exactly is this legislation – also known more clumsily as the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market – when does it come into force, and what does it all mean in reality?Is this the end of the road for posting fun memes or animated GIFs showing scenes from big-name movies, due to potential copyright issues from the relevant film studios?Read on for the full lowdown on this legislation and its likely effects on you.Have Europeans lost control over their personal data?What is the EU Copyright Directive?The Copyright … [Read more...] about EU Copyright Directive: what does it mean, and should you be worried?
With Tumblr’s decision this week to ban porn on its platform, everyone’s getting a firsthand look at how bad automated content filters are at the moment. Lawmakers in the European Union want a similar system to filter copyrighted works and, despite expert consensus that this will just fuck up the internet, the legislation moves forward. Now some of the biggest platforms on the web insist we must stop it. YouTube, Reddit, and Twitch have recently come out publicly against the EU’s new Copyright Directive, arguing that the impending legislation could be devastating to their businesses, their users, and the internet at large. The Copyright Directive is the first update to the group of nation’s copyright law since 2001, and it’s a major overhaul that is intended to claw back some of the money that copyright holders believe they’ve lost since the internet use exploded around the globe. Fundamentally, its provisions are supposed to punish big platforms … [Read more...] about Tech Giants Wake Up to EU Copyright Plan That Threatens to Nuke the Web
Lyor Cohen, head of music at YouTube, has warned that new EU copyright legislation could have a disastrous effect on fan videos and mixes. In a newsletter published on YouTube for Artists, he said the legislation in its current form would "create severe unintended consequences for the whole industry".The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is intended to update existing intellectual property laws for the digital age. Cohen's comments relate to Article 13, which will require sites like YouTube to stop users sharing copyright-protected material (such as music) illegally. The article states that: "online content sharing service providers and right holders shall cooperate in good faith in order to ensure that unauthorised protected works or other subject matter are not available on their services."Mashup cultureYouTube's relationship with the music industry has been a rocky one, with the site being accused of hosting videos that violate copyright and not paying enough … [Read more...] about YouTube’s head of music warns EU’s new copyright directive will stifle creativity
The European Union passed its disastrous Copyright Directive this week, including amended versions of its onerous Articles 11 and 13 (the so-called “link tax” and “upload filter,” respectively). There’s still time to make sure it never passes into law by defeating a final ratification vote in January, though given the 438-226 vote on Wednesday it seems all but certain the bill will get through in something resembling its current form. We’ve got your primer on what exactly this bill entails and how it will affect the internet—as well as everything from Apple’s biggest announcements of the week to how recently-downgraded Tropical Depression Florence could wreak havoc on the environment—below. The EU’s Disastrous Copyright Bill Is Back to Break the Internet In July, a committee for the European Parliament voted to move forward with new copyright legislation that would totally overhaul the way the internet works and threaten the … [Read more...] about The EU Copyright Directive, Starforce, Ray-Tracing and Apple: Best Gizmodo Posts of the Week