EU approves controversial net ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’

The European Parliament has voted on alterations to the Copyright Directive, a piece of legislation supposed to update copyright for the net age. In a session this morning, MEPs authorised amended variations of the directive’s most controversial provisions: Content 11 and 13, dubbed by critics as the “link tax” and “upload filter.”

Posting 11 is supposed to give publishers and newspapers a way to make money when businesses like Google website link to their stories, while Posting 13 requires platforms like YouTube and Fb to scan uploaded content material to stop the unlicensed sharing of copyrighted content. Critics say these two provisions pose a dire danger to the no cost stream of facts on the internet, and will be open to abuse by copyright trolls and…

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