Good background piece: https://cpip.gmu.edu/2018/07/
03/will-the-eu-finally-hold- internet-giants-accountable/ From Politico: https://www.politico.eu/ article/european-parliament- axel-voss-backs-copyright- reform-against-tech-giants- google-facebook/ So let's see how much coverage this news gets in "our free press." MCM
Controversial new copyright laws have been approved by members of the European Parliament.
The legislation had been changed since July when the first version of the copyright directive was voted down. Critics say it remains problematic.
Many musicians and creators claim the reforms are necessary to fairly compensate artists.
But opponents fear that the plans could destroy user-generated content, memes and parodies.
Leaders of the EU’s member states still need to sign off on the rule changes before the individual countries have to draft local laws to put them into effect.
The vote in Strasbourg was 438 in favour of the measures, 226 against and 39 abstentions.