Saru Posted June 14, 2018 Author #51 Share Posted June 14, 2018 (IP: Staff) · I'm reading a lot of conflicting information about this, the general consensus still seems to be that there would be a 'link tax' for the use of links to news articles. The law would also require sites to implement an upload filter i.e. every bit of user-submitted content would need to be vetted before it appears to ensure that no copyrighted material (as defined by this new law) actually makes it on to the site. The link tax implemented in Spain and Germany seemingly did require Google to pay for links to news articles, which they ultimately refused to do and closed down their Spanish and German news sections. According to this article, the vote is on a knife-edge and could go either way: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/eu-censorship-machines-link-tax,37286.html This link also includes more details about what the new laws will mean for sites. (at least based on this particular site's interpretation) Quote One of the biggest issues with the new EU copyright reform proposal is the Article 13, which mandates that websites that accept user content (anything from videos to online comments) must have an “upload filter” that would block all copyrighted content that's uploaded by users. Critics, such as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Julia Reda, have also called upload filters “censorship machines.” Under the censorship machine proposal, companies would be required to get a license for any copyrighted content that is uploaded to their site by its users. In other words, websites would be liable for any content their users upload to the site. It goes without saying that this could significantly hamper innovation on the internet. And on link tax: Quote The “link tax” proposal in Article 11 of the copyright reform directive is another idea that’s not just seemingly bad, but it has also failed in countries such as Spain and Germany, where it has already been attempted. Instead of getting companies such as Google or other publishers to pay for the links, or article excerpts and previews, those companies simply stopped linking to content coming from Germany and Spain. There's more in the article about this too, it's worth a read. It has been suggested that many sites may simply refuse access to all EU visitors because the new legislation is too difficult to adhere to. 1 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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