The largest and potentially most contentious overhaul of copyright legislation has been passed by the European Parliament. When this legislation comes into action, it will be the largest change to internet regulations since the implementation of GDPR or the General Data Protection Regulation.
The copyright changes that have been passed are best known for the most controversial clauses in them. These are articles 11 and 13 which have created a major battle between the corporate lobbyists, freedom of expression groups and online activities.
What Does The Change Mean For The Internet?
Will You Be Able To Upload Content?
There has been a lot of emphases that the legislation will still allow people to upload content to the internet. However, technology firms such as Google have sent out warnings that they may have to automatically remove more content once this directive has been implemented.
This has to do with copyright and platforms such as Facebook and YouTube already remove videos and music that are under copyright. YouTube will scan any uploaded content and see if it matches a database of files that it has of copyrighted content. The database allows the original creator to block, track or monetise the content. Under the new legislation, the tech companies will be more liable for any copyright infringements on their platforms.