Existing copyright laws need to be updated in order to meet the demands of the online world.
The new changes aim to ensure that the longstanding rights and obligations of copyright law also apply to the internet.
On 26th March 2019, a majority of MEPs adopted the new Copyright Directive.
It is NOT about link taxes, upload filters, memes, breaking the internet or restricting free speech.
The Directive does not target the ordinary user. No new rights or obligations are created.
The directive obliges member states to protect the free uploading and sharing of works for the purposes of quotation, criticism, review, caricature, parody or pastiche.
This will ensure that memes, snippets and gifs will continue to be available.
Articles 11 and 13 seek to ensure that creators such as musicians or actors, and news publishers and journalists benefit from the online world and the internet as they do today from the offline world.
Currently, due to outdated copyright rules, online platforms and news aggregators are reaping the rewards while artists, news publishers and journalists see their work circulate freely, at best receiving little remuneration. This makes it very difficult for artists and media professionals to earn a decent living.
There will be a two-year period for Member States to transpose this legislation into national law. As with all directives, there will be a certain amount of flexibility in the way member states will incorporate this law into national legislation to take into account country specific needs.
Overall the objective of the legislation is to oblige giant internet platforms and news aggregators to pay content creators for their work and this is why I supported the Copyright Directive.