European Parliament Passes the Copyright Directive

The European Parliament approved the Directive, which strengthens copyright protection.

Wednesday’s vote – 438 in favor, 226 against, and 39 abstained. The directive became popular mainly with the disputed 11 and 13 articles. Art. 11 will require Internet search engines to pay the media for referrals to their sites. Art. 13 obliges social networks, such as Facebook and Youtube, to install filters to prevent the uploading of copyrighted materials. The aim is to protect creators and rights holders.

Many musicians and creators claim the reforms are necessary to compensate artists. The proposal will now go to three-way negotiations with the European Commission and the Council of the EU.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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