Article 13: EU Passes Controversial Copyright Law

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[스페셜경제= Dongsu Kim] European lawmakers have passed the controversial Article 13 reform, which could impose sweeping consequences for business frameworks of technology giants such as Google and Facebook.

The reforms seek to bring the EU's rules on copyright into the technological era in support of artists and publishers whose works have been sparsely dispersed on the internet, CNBC reports. It adds that EU lawmakers passed the first reading of the new copyright law on Tuesday in Strasbourg.

However, ministers at the Council of Europe—the body that assembles the different European ministers as per their portfolios—still have to ratify Article 13.

Article 13 has been in the making since 2016 and has caused giant tech firms like Google, Twitter, and Facebook and artists and media companies to lock horns. Google has been especially critical of the reforms as they threaten to hit the business model of its video-sharing platform YouTube and news collecting service Google News.

CNBC states that after the European Parliament voting, the search engine provider said the new directive has seen new developments from the initial draft. However, Google added that it will still cause legal uncertainty and affect creative industries.

"The details matter and we look forward to working with policy makers, publishers, creators and rights holders as EU member states move to implement these new rules," a company spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, micro-blogging site Twitter said it is still concerned about the possible ramifications of the lawmakers' vote on Tuesday for the internet. A spokesperson from the tech firm said they will continue to work with member states of the EU as well as with the civil society as the implementation process progresses.

Social networking giant Facebook has yet to give its statement.

A section of the law could lead to the implementation of pre-filtering systems that hinder internet users from posting content that has copyright-protected materials, which includes memes. Another section of the copyright reform would mandate news gathering sites like Google's to negotiate commercial licenses with publishers for them to post snippets or links to articles.


EU, 논란의 여지 있는 저작권법 통과..이탈리아, 핀란드, 스웨덴 등 다수 반대표 던져

[스페셜경제= 김동수 기자] 유럽연합(EU)이 최근 유럽의회에서 의결된 저작권법을 채택했다.

EU는 성명을 통해 "새로운 법은 EU 전체에서 저작권이 보호된 온라인 콘텐츠에 접속하고 공유할 수 있는 새로운 가능성을 열어놓으면서도 작가와 예술가를 적절히 보호한다"고 밝혔다.

개정안에 따르면 유튜브, 페이스북 등 플랫폼은 출판사, 음악가, 언론사 등 저작권자와 사용 계약을 맺고, 콘텐츠를 이용할 때 이들에게 일정한 대금을 지불해야 한다. 

한편 유럽의회는 찬성 358표, 반대 274표, 기권 36표로 이 저작권법 개정안 초안을 의결했다. 이탈리아, 핀란드, 스웨덴, 룩셈부르크, 네덜란드와 폴란드는 이 법안에 반대표를 던졌다. 

[저작권자ⓒ 스페셜경제. 무단전재-재배포 금지]

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