What is Article 13, when did the new EU copyright laws get approved and what do they mean?

ARTICLE 13 has been approved by members of the European Parliament.

This is set to be welcomed by many musicians and creators who claim the reforms are needed to fairly compensate artists.

 Article 13 would make platforms like Google-owned YouTube and others legally liable for copyrighted material to prevent content producers being ripped off

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Article 13 would make platforms like Google-owned YouTube and others legally liable for copyrighted material to prevent content producers being ripped off

What is Article 13?

Article 13 would make big online platforms like YouTube and Facebook responsible for scanning content for anything copyrighted and ensuring the holders are paid a fair fee, which critics warn could extend to parodies and memes being “caught in the crosshairs”.

The law has divided many, with musicians including Paul McCartney saying that the reforms are necessary to fairly compensate artists, while critics such as Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales have argued that the impact will fall most on ordinary users of the internet.

When did the new EU copyright laws get approved?

On Wednesday, September 12, the Copyright Directive was passed.

The directive was supported by 438 members, while 226 voted against and 39 abstained, after MEPs opted to revise the law in an earlier vote in July.

It will now go to each EU member state for final approval, includes measures to make the likes of Twitter, Google and Facebook take responsibility for the copyright status of material posted by users.

A final deal will be discussed with member states, before being put to a final vote in January 2019.

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What do the new EU copyright laws mean?

Julia Reda, a prominent German MEP against the law changes, tweeted her reaction to the vote, describing it as “catastrophic”.

Conservative MEPs who backed the measures celebrated the move for “at last catching up with the digital age”.

Sajjad Karim, Conservative legal affairs spokesman, said: “This legislation is now better balanced, answering many of the concerns of journalists, publishers and musicians whose work was being shared freely online without stifling innovation or fundamentally changing the nature of the internet.”


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