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Link tax and upload filters? European copyright is going up

An open internet sounds like something that is worth pursuing. There is, however, no uniform definition of this concept, which means that we have to come out with all of us in one way or another. As with almost all subjects, it is easy to say that ‘in the past everything was better’, when, for example, you could just share everything and everything. Some people prefer to see the internet as a zone where ‘analogous’ laws do not have much to look for. Reality looks different, in the sense that legislators try to keep up with the rapidly changing online world. This happens in all kinds of areas, including in the field of copyright.

This area of ​​law is also in need of renewal, according to the European Commission. The reasoning is that it is time that ‘makers’ are rewarded for their efforts and that not primarily large internet platforms profit from the work of others. A number of years ago the Commission therefore started a legislative process, in which at an early stage all things became known about the plans. In the meantime, the legislative process is in full swing and the discussion has exploded over the two most controversial points of the proposed directive.

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We are talking about two articles: 11 and 13 to be precise. But perhaps the terms ‘Google tax’ and ‘upload filter’ tell you more, as they have been used extensively in the debate. The first concept is a new right for publishers of press publications, with which they can, for example, ask a fee for taking over their texts. The filter is about internet platforms having to check whether their users Upload copyrighted material. The vision of the Commission is about protecting rightholders, but critics fear an attack on the open internet. For example because hyperlinks are at stake or because we are at the mercy of the functioning of filters and the phenomenon of overblocking .

The directive is not there yet. In July the European Parliament voted not to start negotiations, perhaps because of criticism from different angles. This means that there will be a new vote on 12 September, so that it is still possible to come to a different outcome. Reason enough to see what has happened so far, what is actually in the proposal and why so much commotion has arisen.


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