19 countries voted in favour of this controversial legislative act.
Dima already told you about the essence of the “guidelines on copyright” (1, 2). The document contains several controversial articles, seriously pereosmysleniya copyright on the Internet. The new rules will make the online platform responsible for the content uploaded to their websites.
A total of 19 European Union countries, including France and Germany, voted in favor of the adoption of the “Directive on copyright”. Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Finland and Sweden voted against, while Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia abstained. However, the votes of the opposition was not enough, and over the next 24 months all European Union countries must implement the Directive in their national legislation.
Under the new rules, platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram will have to obtain a license to use the content that will be stored on their sites. In addition, they will be forced to use tools such as filters that users could not download the copyrighted material. Critics of the Directive fear that the increase in requests for removal of content can turn the Internet into a ghostly place, and encountered censorship can deprive these forms of expression, like gifs and memes.