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‘Controversial’ Copyright law approved by EU

The European Parliament has recently approved a new Copyright law that has the power to change the internet for all those susceptible to it.

The latest ‘Copyright Directive’ consists of several articles that have now been backed by Members of the European Parliament (MEP), such as Article 11 which states that all Search Engines should henceforth pay to use any links from news websites.

However, what is most controversial about the passing of the latest Copyright law is found within Article 13, in which states that technology companies shall now also be responsible for any material that is posted online without a copyright license. This is seemingly controversial as all technology companies will now be obliged to apply filters to all material, so to divert from breaking the latest law.

Some argue that the controversy towards the passing of the Directive is mostly targeted at technology companies, as the articles within are designed to protect ‘ordinary’ people from breaking Copyright laws indirectly on a regular basis, such as when uploading videos to Social Media platforms like YouTube.

The latest Copyright Directive will take place in legislative history as one of the fundamental foundation laws to the building of the ‘law of the future’ which will be heavily based upon the regulation of the internet. This is because the latest Copyright law aims at regulating the internet to a greater extent by protecting the many, rather than promoting the profits of the few, as seen in Search Engine platforms and so forth.

Furthermore, although the law will only be susceptible to those under EU law, the law is also likely to extend its borders due to the nature of the internet being a global platform. Thus, those outside the EU are also likely to experience the effects of those internet platforms that are susceptible to the latest regulation as well.

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