The European Parliament has voted in favor of the Copyright Directive, a controversial piece of legislation meant to update online copyright laws. Within the directive contain two key provisions: Article 11 and 13. Article 11 (dubbed the “link tax”) would give publishers and papers a way to make money when companies like Google link to their stories, allowing them to demand paid licenses. Article 13 (dubbed the “upload filter”) would require platforms like YouTube and Facebook to stop users from sharing copyrighted material. Critics of this directive say these provisions could be abused by copyright trolls to litigate users who might not know any better, as well as create a huge burden for smaller content-sharing platforms to conform to these regulations. Another concern is that the Directive might also be used as a tool for widespread online censorship.
Written by Dillon Keshvani