On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament approved the EU Copyright Directive.
What happens next?
Member states will have two years to implement the directive at a national level once adopted.
The news will not please the large online content aggregators which have been extensively lobbying against the implementation of the Copyright Directive. The controversial Article 17 (the so-called “Meme Ban”) has been one of the main reasons for the aggregators’ objections because it is argued that Article 13 encourages censorship and impedes internet freedom.
For an overview of the also controversial so called ‘Link Tax’ (Article 15) see our prior blog post.