Monday, April 01, 2019

#EU: Critics Say New European Copyright Law Endangers Internet Freedom

[world politics news]

Amid widespread protests, online and off, the European Union approved a controversial new copyright directive on Tuesday. The legislation is intended to give copyright holders more control over their work, but critics say it could hand more power to tech giants, stifle the free flow of information, and even prevent memes from being shared online.

European Parliament passed the copyright directive in a vote with 348 votes in favor, 274 against, and 36 abstentions. The new guidelines are the EU’s first major update to its copyright laws since 2001.


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