EU Approves Controversial Copyright Directive

The European Parliament has approved a controversial new Copyright Directive.


Of particular note are articles Article 11 – which would that news aggregators (like Huffpost) should send revenue back to the publishers they are linking to – and Article 13, indicating that platforms (think YouTube) would be held responsible for any copyright-infringing content they are hosting. To what extent they would have any control over companies in other jurisdictions is unclear.

The directive excludes  non-commercial entities, so we are still safe to link to this article from the BBC March 26, 2019.

Defenders of creators rights are pleased with the development, while proponents of net neutrality are very concerned about what this will mean for freedom of access and fair use on the internet.