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EU Copyright Directive – Unusual allies fighting against

The European Union’s new Copyright Directive has met stiff resistance over the past few weeks. In particular, Articles 11 and 13 seem to be sailing into the wind. These articles could, for instance, give publishers the right to demand payment should extracts of their content  be produced on search engines, in social media and other uses for excerpted materials. In fact, this Copyright Directive has already been accepted by European Parliament, but some member countries are opposed to it in its current form.

Julia Reda (@Senficon), a notable member of the European Parliament who represents German Pirate Party (Piratenpartei) and the European Pirate Party (PPEU) said this on her blog last week:

…The outcome of today’s Council vote also shows that public attention to the copyright reform is having an effect. Keeping up the pressure in the coming weeks will be more important than ever to make sure that the most dangerous elements of the new copyright proposal will be rejected.

Google is currently supporting opinions of Julia Reda and her European Pirate Party. This creates a somewhat unusual alliance. Google has campaigned against the Copyright Directive from the beginning. Here’s a relevant extract from an official Google Blog:

Copyright rules give news publishers rights over how their work is used. Europe is updating these rules for this digital age, and that’s a move Google supports. But the European Parliament’s version of a new copyright directive—specifically Article 11 and its recital 32—will have unintended consequences for smaller news publishers, limit innovation in journalism and reduce choice for European consumers. We urgently call on policymakers to fix this in the final text of the directive.

Read the full blog post: Proposed copyright rules: bad for small publishers, European consumers and online services (Google Blog by Richard Gingras, VP News)

In addition, Google has shared images showing what news search in Europe would be if directive would be enforced:

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This tweet appears every day in my Twitter feed as “promoted tweet”:

Whatever happens, this new Copyright Directive will re-define the Internet as we know it today. We have already seen how the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has changed the Internet. Consider this: we Europeans, and Americans travelling to or residing in the EU are blocked out and can’t use a multitude of US-based websites (reported earlier here on Win10.guru). Better copyright protection should not mean less information to help users choose which content they’d like to read. Snippets are useful and informative. Let’s keep them available!

In my opinion, it is quite refreshing to see pirates and global big players like Google working toward a common goal. It remains to be seen if these unlikely partners can succeed together. For everyone’s sake, I certainly hope so.



Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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