Google has been lobbying hard to make sure the European Union doesn’t bring in changes to copyright laws that could lead the company to have to pay publishers and other rights holders for content that Google hosts on its platforms, like YouTube, or that Google services link to, like Google News. Google has repeated it opposes the changes on the basis that it could impede the free movement of information around the internet — and put a crimp on Google’s business model. The tech giant’s stance is setting up as a major test for European regulators eager to rein in Google and Facebook, as Google tries to pressure the EU into making concessions by presenting doomsday scenarios for both consumers and small publishers, even going so far as threatening to pull Google News from the EU. “
Photo: GettyThe European Union has spent the last year working on a controversial overhaul of its copyright laws and was scheduled to finalize the proposal on Monday. Lawmakers failed to come to an agreement and the legislation is stalled for the time being, but that hasn’t stopped Google from threatening to pull its News service from the EU entirely if the copyright directive eventually passes.The EU hasn’t updated its copyright laws since 2001 and most people agree that reforms for the age of information are in order. Members of European Parliament (MEP), copyright holders, and big tech platforms are generally in agreement that the bulk of the new EU Copyright Directive is good for everyone. But two sections of the still-in-the-works draft of the legislation have sparked public outcr
By David Chavern The European Union is currently considering a copyright law that would give news publishers the ability to protect their content online. This is part of a broader fight publishers are having around the world to establish the core legal rights needed to be compensated for their work.The online audience for reporting is huge and, in fact, people are consuming more hard news than ever. But outdated laws make it very hard for publishers to protect their work and the investments they make in great journalism. Information may “want to be free,” but reporters want to be paid.Article 11 of the EU Copyright Directive, currently under consideration and set to be voted on soon, would provide news publishers the right to charge for commercial use of their content online —
The EU's catastrophic new Copyright Directive is steamrollering towards completion, and that should worry every internet user, not just those in the EU. Article 13 of the Copyright Directive requires online services to crowdsource a database of "copyrighted works" (anyone can add anything to these databases, with no penalties for falsely claiming copyright over public domain works, or works that don't belong to you). If a user tries to post something that appears to match an item in the blacklist database, the service has to censor that user's post. The problem is that the online platforms don't have "European services" and "non-European services," they just have services, and users from the EU and outside of the EU freely mix th...
Photo: GettyIn July, a committee for the European Parliament voted to move forward with new copyright legislation that would totally overhaul the way the internet works and threaten the existence of everything from encyclopedias to memes. On Wednesday, amendments will come up for a vote, and the future of the world wide web is at stake.The EU Copyright Directive was originally a much more timid set of reforms, said Julia Reda, a member of European Parliament from Germany. This past spring, the legislation became extremely controversial when Articles 11 and 13 were introduced. Critics say these two misguided proposals would stifle innovation, give more power to big monopolies, harm the flow of information, and generally turn the web into a pretty boring place. Over 70 of the most promin...
Leading journalists from more than 20 countries joined a call Tuesday (27 August) for European MPs to approve a controversial media reform aimed at forcing internet giants to pay for news content. European Parliament lawmakers return in September to discuss the proposal, a first draft of which was rejected last month after a fierce debate. The so-called copyright and neighbouring rights law aims to ensure that producers of creative content – whether news, music or movies – are paid fairly in a digital world. But the plans have been firmly opposed by big US tech firms such as Google and Facebook, as well as advocates of internet freedom. An open letter signed by more than 100 prominent journalists from major news outlets warned Tuesday that “this fleecing of the medi
Anonymous search engine fraudsters are filing fraudulent takedown requests in an effort to game Googleâs search results in their favor, according to a report from TorrentFreak. These counterfeit DMCA takedown notices are coming from imposters posing as either legitimate copyright holders or third parties authorized to file the notices on their behalf. Judging by the fake notices, TorrentFreak believes that competitors of the targeted websites are issuing these takedowns, sometimes reporting a single copyright infringement and then requesting hundreds of links on a website be taken down based on it. DMCA takedown requests offer legitimate copyright holders an avenue to have webpages that infringe on its copyright removed from a particular web host. In the case of Google, a DMCA take
The EU’s new copyright law, which has been in the works since 2013, has passed a crucial committee vote, and is set to be voted on in the European Parliament in July. If passed, the new law would place significant limitations on how material is presented and used on the internet. In addition, the law places requirements on websites and search engines that could severely hamper the use of information.The primary issue is in Article 13 of the proposed legislation. That article requires websites to implement technology that recognizes when material infringes on a copyright and then prevent its use. The legislation also requires all sites to prevent the posting of copyrighted material for which they don’t have permission to use or have not obtained a license.The