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last month.The EU Copyright Directive will protect and govern how copyrighted content posted online, bringing outdated rules up to scratch for the internet age.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?
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
More security news Judge rules cryptocurrency ICO scam case falls under securities law Security 101: Here's how to keep your data private, step by step How to steal a Tesla Model S in seconds British Airways breach caused by the same group that hit Ticketmaster The European Parliament has voted through a new set of copyright rules that digital rights activists fear will make it hard to share links and content, and potentially entrench new censorship mechanisms across the internet. The Copyright Directive isn't a done deal just yet. It now becomes the subject of behind-closed-doors "trilogue" negotiations between EU countries, as represented by the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission and Parliament. The resulting text will also need to be approved one more time by the European Parliament before it goes into law. However, Wednesday's vote means the contentious parts of the law, regarding publishers' rights and upload filters, are now very likely to … [Read more...] about The EU’s new Copyright Directive really is that bad
First they came for the privacy violations, then they came for the memes. The European Union is trying to pass a hotly debated law on copyright. The European Copyright Directive has been two years in the making, and on June 20, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee voted to approve the draft legislation. On July 5, the Parliament as a whole rejected the measure -- but that's hardly the end of the matter. The reforms will get voted on again in September after policy makers do some tinkering.Those votes happened just weeks after Europe's last big piece of internet-related legislation -- the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) -- kicked in. Now Playing: Watch this: EU Parliament vote means your memes are safe... for now 1:04 Both the Copyright Directive and GDPR could dramatically impact and change things about the internet as we know it. But they also differ significantly, not just in scope, but also in how they're viewed and received by the world beyond … [Read more...] about Article 13: Europe’s hotly debated revamp of copyright law, explained