Give Us Your Huddled Masses, But Not Your Copyright Law

Law360 (April 18, 2019, 3:45 PM EDT) -- Sweeping copyright changes finalized by the European Union this week are a stark departure from the way U.S. law has long governed the internet, but don’t expect similar legislation stateside anytime soon.

The so-called copyright directive, a raft of amendments adopted last month by the European Parliament over fierce opposition from American tech giants and free speech advocates, won final approval from the European Council on Monday, sending it to the bloc's member states to be put into law.

Most notably, the law’s Article 17 — formerly titled Article 13 — would impose liability on sites like YouTube when users upload...

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