A Major Shift For EU Copyright Protection Online

Law360 (April 16, 2019, 1:17 PM EDT) -- On March 26, 2019, the European Parliament adopted the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market,[1]approving new copyright rules for materials posted on the internet. This new directive is intended to “achieve a well-functioning and fair marketplace for copyright,”[2] with a particular focus on digital and cross-border uses of protected content.[3] In short, the directive aims to make it easier for copyright holders to enforce their rights on the internet and to strengthen the rights that authors and performers have in their work.[4] Among several updates, the directive contains two significant and controversial changes:

1. Article 17 (known in a...

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