Copyright, the EU and user-generated content

Inara Pey: Living in a Modemworld

There has been a lot written over the last few months about the upcoming European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. It’s a controversial topic. Within it, the Directive is an attempt to reshape EU copyright law for the internet age, and the relationship between copyright holders and on-line platforms.

In short, the core issues with the Directive  – which has been under consideration by the EU for the last two years – come in three of its key elements, or Articles:

  • Article 3, relating to text and data mining, which could adversely hit genuine research organisations and things like tech start-ups in Europe (see Why The Copyright Directive Lacks (Artificial) Intelligence as an example).
  • Article 11, (colloquially referred to as “the link tax”) which could severely restrict how we can share links, and information found on European on-line sites.
  • Article 13 (the so-called “meme tax”…

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