For most of the last year, the European Union was shaping its copyright laws which so far have received some severe backlash from chiefly the tech community around the globe. On Monday, the EU was literally just one crucial step away from finalizing the proposal, but luckily for us, a majority of the lawmakers couldn’t get to a definitive conclusion and so, for now, all the further proceedings involving the policy have been set on hold.
Google one of the biggest corporations would get highly affected by the passing of this copyright directive and to make sure that it doesn’t bear any losses in the future once this directive becomes effective, the company is intimidating the EU by openly threatening to take away its news service from the region. Notably, this is the very first time since the year 2001 that copyright laws in the EU are being updated and understanding the need for much-advanced laws in this internet age, most of the citizenry has no fuss with such laws being enforced.
However, it should be mentioned that two sections of the legislation which are presently in the drafting phase have unknowingly become a center of opposition among a bulk of activists fighting for an internet whose future should be entirely free and open. As per Article 13, all sites will be necessitated to use an upload filter in order to detect copyrighted material before posting it online. As per Article 11, most online publishers can demand a sort of tax from web platforms for using up any part of their news content.
Many experts in the domain of technology have clearly admonished that if Article 13 and 11 are made into effect, it could possibly be the end of an open internet. Jennifer Bernal, Google’s Public Policy Manager, released an official statement on Monday, saying that Google News is most likely going to be removed wholly from the EU, first covered by Bloomberg. She also added that the company arrived at such an aggressive decision after a series of discussions.
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