Members of the European Parliament today rejected a copyright law in its current form that would have had an impact on sites like ours and sparked a wikipedia blackout in some countries in protest. According to a BBC article – “The Copyright Directive is intended to bring rules around content in line with the digital age. The two most controversial parts of it are Article 11 and Article 13. The first of these is intended to provide fair remuneration for publishers and prevent online content-sharing platforms and news aggregators sharing links without paying for them. But it has been called the “link tax” by opponents and raised questions about who will have to pay and how much. Article 13 puts more onus on websites to enforce copyright laws and could mean that any online platform that allows users to post text, images, sounds or code will need a way to assess and filter content.”
According to some, the proposed law would have stopped posting of news articles on websites ranging from Facebook to CTRMCenter. Coming hard on the heels of GDPR, this law may have been a body blow to the internet as we currently use.
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