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Copyright Directive

The European Copyright Directive for the Digital Single Market "Copyright Directive", which were approved by the European Parliament on 26th Tuesday March 2019, aim to a) update EU rules on digital copyright b) improve cross-border access to works c) strengthen the European internal market and harmonise the substantive law of European states for digital platforms on the internet.

The most controversial article of the Copyright Directive is Article 13, because it requires that storage and sharing services of online contents use "effective and proportionate" measures to ensure that the uploads of content by the users of their services do not imply a copyright infringement, and if this objective is not met, the services would be responsible for the infringements.

This obligation will, in principle, make it necessary for the services to use monitoring and filtering systems, and represents a change with respect to the way companies such as YouTube have been operating until now.

The Copyright Directive does not mean killing the Internet as the most alarming opinions defend, but simply tries to adapt copyright to the current era, as intellectual property was built in the analogue era. What is true is that the Directive prioritises copyright over users' rights in terms of privacy and fundamental rights, but it seems fair that creators should be paid for their work.

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