EU Parliament Approves Controversial Directive On Harmonization Of EU Copyright Law
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After three years of negotiations, on 26 March 2019, against considerable reservations and despite Europe-wide protests, the EU Parliament voted for the full implementation of the EU Directive on the harmonization of copyrights in the EU "Digital Single Market". The aim of the directive is to ensure fair remuneration for authors for the use of their works on the Internet, particularly on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook or Google-News. The draft of the Directive has been the subject of heated debates in the weeks leading up to the vote in the EU Parliament and has led tens of thousands of people across the EU to protest against the implementation of the Directive.
The reason for the protests were two regulations contained in the draft directive; Article 15 (old 11) and Article 17 (old 13). These articles were intended to ensure fairer remuneration for the online use of press articles on the one hand and the accessibility of protected works on the Internet on the other. According to experts and critics, the implementation of these articles will lead to a considerable restriction of the fundamental right of freedom of expression and information (Art. 10 ECHR) and will have a lasting adverse effect on the use of the Internet.