On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament approved the text of the directive on copyright reform in the digital single market
The new copyright reform will allow copyright holders such as news publishers, musicians and artists to get more compensation from the exploitation of their works on online platforms, thus making them more protected against web giants such as Facebook and Google.
In the future, online platform managers will be directly responsible for the content uploaded on their websites. Previously this burden fell on the users and for this reason the creators encountered extreme difficulty in obtaining adequate remuneration from the platform owners.
This eliminates a legislative vacuum that prevented the correct application of the rights and obligations of long-standing copyright law, including online.
The speaker on the text of copyright Axel Voss (EPP, DE) stated:
“Copyright reform is necessary to correct a situation that allows few companies to earn large sums of money without adequately remunerating the thousands of creatives they depend on.
I am also pleased that the text agreed today protects in particular start-up companies. Tomorrow’s leading companies are today’s start-ups and the diversity depends on a deep pool of young, innovative and dynamic companies.
This is an agreement that protects people’s lives. Safeguards democracy by defending a diversified media landscape, strengthens freedom of expression and encourages the creation of new businesses and technological development. It helps make the Internet ready for the future, a space for the benefit of all, not just a few powerful ones “.
Platforms not involved
However, the reform does not want to eliminate the freedom of expression that has always characterized the Internet and to this end online platforms such as online encyclopedias with no commercial aims such as Wikipedia, or open source software platforms such as GitHub and contents such as “snippet”, “meme” and “GIFs” have been explicitly excluded from the scope of application of the directives.
Moreover, the start-up platforms will be subject to fewer obligations than the more consolidated ones in order to facilitate their development.
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