EU Will Control the Internet
The European Parliament approved a very controversial copyright directive that will change the copyright law in Europe. In order for it to become a law, the European Council must approve it, which is likely to happen in April. The initiator of this reform was the European Commission.
Why is it important?
The directive aims to tighten control over the enforcement of copyright on the Internet and support copyright holders. The most discussed amendments are articles 11 and 13 of this document. The first will oblige Google News, Facebook, Pinterest and other platforms to pay copyright holders (such as mass media, small publishers, artists etc.) for displaying their materials, which will significantly affect access to information (not for the better). The second will force the internet companies to carefully moderate content for copyright, which may limit the author’s freedom of expression.