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EU agrees on copyright reform

The EU reached an agreement on the Reform of copyright law at a compromise. What innovations are provided, for whom exceptions apply, and Upload-Filter? Answers

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EU agrees on copyright reform

The EU reached an agreement on the Reform of copyright law at a compromise. What innovations are provided, for whom exceptions apply, and Upload-Filter? Answers to the important questions.

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Up in the late hours of the evening they fought: The European Parliament, the Commission and the Council, the member States negotiated a Reform of the EU copyright rules. In contrast, there was a lot of Protest, even from the "end of free Internet" was the speech. Now the final design.

what is the compromise?

the aim of the Reform are Google, Facebook, Twitter - so the big Online tech companies. On your platforms, photos, texts, images or pieces of music to be shared, which are generally protected by copyright. This happens mostly legal: photographers, writers, and musicians are remunerated, for example, through Licensing deals with collecting societies.

in breach of the copyright, is now no longer the user will be liable for any claims for damages, but the platforms. You should actively take action against breaches of the law or licensing efforts, of which the copyright is to benefit.

was A concern, especially on the German Negotiators that these strict conditions, could damage the digital economy. In the last draft are not excluded, therefore, the young and very small companies that are on the market successfully.

private and non-commercial projects, such as Wikipedia, should be of the rules not affected. Where exactly the legal limit is, appears, however, unclear.

What is the Filter with the Upload?

so-Called Upload-Filter should be a technical solution to enforce copyright claims on the net. Already today, large platforms such as YouTube or Facebook to check violations automatically uploaded content for possible copyright and sort out suspected cases.

For the opponents of the bill are the Upload Filter is the main point of criticism. More than 4.5 million signatures they have collected against the appropriate Reform of article 13. The Upload is not required to Filter explicitly. To invest In this technology, so the critics will stay for many platforms, however, the only way out against possible legal claims.

Automated filters are often prone to errors in the detection of legitimate use of protected content, for example, in the context of quotes, reviews or Satire.

the Whole thing Is now a done deal?

The three parties involved in the EU-chambers – the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission – have agreed in the late evening on a common reform design. Now, the member States and the Parliament must agree to until probably mid-April final. Also, Amendments are possible.

Although many members of Parliament against the proposed Reform are, for different reasons: they formulate economic and political concerns, a position generally opposed to regulation of markets or to doubt the actual Benefits of the Reform for copyright. In the conservative dominated European Parliament, the opponents of Reform, however, form a minority, a complete Failure of the draft in the last second is unlikely. The majority in Parliament agrees, and begins a transition phase of up to two years before the Reform enters into force definitively.

Why this copyright reform right
Andreas Meyer-Feist, ARD, Brussels
14.02.2019 11:18 PM

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