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Power protection and upload filter : EU agrees to Reform of copyright law

press publishers in the EU should, in future, be to news search engines such as Google News significantly strengthened. Negotiators of the EU States and the Eur

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Power protection and upload filter : EU agrees to Reform of copyright law

press publishers in the EU should, in future, be to news search engines such as Google News significantly strengthened. Negotiators of the EU States and the European Parliament agreed on Wednesday in Strasbourg, has tentatively agreed to a Reform of the EU copyright law including intellectual property rights, such as the negotiators of Parliament, Axel Voss (CDU), the German press Agency said. The portals are cut-outs for the Display of articles in your search results in the future, money to the publishers numbers.

The agreement reached Wednesday must be confirmed in the coming weeks, however, the Parliament and the member States of the European Union. Because the debate is so charged, it could fail the Reform. Voices both sides, the EU countries have two years time, the new rules into national law.

The Copyright Reform had been proposed for 2016 by the former EU Digital Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, and to adapt copyright to the digital age. For months, there were fierce discussions.

in addition to the introduction of the Performance rights the agreement reached Wednesday takes to in article 13 may also, platforms such as YouTube more. You will have to do everything Possible to prevent copyright violations on their pages. Protected works would have to be licensed therefore, before you land on the platforms - or should not be uploaded. Critics warn that the platforms were forced upload filter.

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This is a type of Software, with the help of Internet platforms during the Upload can check, whether images, Videos or music are protected by copyright. Opponents criticize, Upload Filter to be error-prone and may - as a by-catch - including content such as parodies or quotations block, which are actually legal. This is, ultimately, censorship. Companies that are younger than three years, with a turnover of less than ten million euros and five million users in the month, should be exempt from article 13.

Small publishers and Websites in fear of your reach

controversially, the power of protection was right. Advocates argued that platforms such as Google News currently pay no money to the publishers, although they used large quantities of your messages. Especially small publishers and news sites, however, expressed concerns, because they are dependent on the range.

The agreement provides that the message may display the search engines continue to be Hyperlinks, single words and short text excerpts. The Publish Headings or sentences is prohibited.

The Federal Association of German newspaper publishers and the Association of German magazine publishers see in the agreement to the EU copyright is a "great opportunity for independent journalism in the digital Era". The new scheme will offer publishers the first opportunity to negotiate with the major Tech platforms over the use of their content at a fair price, it says in a statement. "This law will encourage digital innovations and the variety of professional digital media enhance deals".

"Good day" or "a barrier to digitisation"?

The two associations have continued to the copyright reform set an important global Standard for journalistic diversity and independent reporting: "This is a good day for freedom of expression and press diversity in Europe and in the world."

The negotiators of Parliament, Axel Voss (CDU), was facilitated. "Digital copyright protection have finally finished the wild West of the Internet, the rights holders are so far churned often," said Voss. "The new realities and business models of the digital age we are now."

the right collecting society Gema praised the agreement. "Thanks to the Directive having to pay Online platforms copyright for the use of their works, finally fair," said Gema CEO Harald Heker. "That's been overdue for many years."

the Sharp criticism comes from the Green

Harsh criticism of the project came from the Green. Even small Internet service providers should be required to use so-called upload filter copyright-protected content to be filtered out, emphasized the Deputy Head of the Green group in the European Parliament, Julia Reda. The Reform was a "danger for small publishers, authors, and Internet users". Overall, it was an "attack on the free Internet".

also Critical of the SPD-deputies Tiemo Wölken said. Algorithms were not able to distinguish copyright infringement from a legal use of the protected values. The Chairman of the Committee on the Digital Agenda of the German Bundestag Jimmy Schulz (FDP) warned that the compromise to the upload filtering "endanger the fundamental right to freedom of opinion and expression".

the pirates-Europe politician, Julia Reda, warned: "This Deal is a risk for small publishers, authors and Internet users alike." And the Association of the digital economy, Eco, warned that the Reform become the "barrier for digitisation in Europe".

the Reform, which is to adapt copyright to the digital age, had advertised in numerous media throughout Europe, but also artists, among them famous artists such as Paul McCartney. The Internet giant and Lobby organizations in the digital economy had made mobile. They were supported by Internet activists. The opponents of the Reform see it as a threat to the "free Internet" and warn of censorship of content by platforms.

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