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The UK will not implement the controversial copyright directive passed by the EU last year

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The UK’s Universities and Science Minister, Chris Skidmore, has announced that the country will not implement the EU Copyright Directive when it leaves the bloc. The UK is set to leave the European Union next Friday at 11 PM. The EU passed its new copyright law last March in a bid to update copyright for the 21st century but it drew a lot of criticism, primarily for Articles 11 and 13. The latter would make social media platforms liable for any copyrighted content uploaded to their platforms.

 

After the law was approved by the European Parliament, everything went a bit quiet because EU member states have until 7 June 2021 to introduce the new law. The UK will have left the EU by that point, though, so is under no obligation to implement it. Earlier, the UK was one of 19 countries that was in support of the law but the ruling party has since changed leadership and subsequently, it seems, its position on this law.

 

According to critics of the law, Article 13 would have endangered memes and GIFs that typically rely on popular scenes from copyrighted content. Opposition voices envisaged a web where platforms would build filters to block the upload of any copyrighted content, and by extension, memes. Tweaks made to the law last year sought to protect memes by allowing the use of copyrighted material “for purposes of quotation, criticism, review, caricature, parody, and pastiche.”

 

One vocal corporate critic was Google. YouTube’s CEO, Susan Wojcicki, said Article 13 could jeopardize YouTube’s content creators' incomes as a result of “unintended consequences”. She said that YouTube supports the overall goal of the copyright directive but that Article 13 does more harm than good.

 

Article 11 of the copyright law was also problematic because it may have seen Google shut down its news curation service which some think would have reduced traffic to websites. With the UK backing out of the copyright directive, Google News should be here to stay. It’s unclear now whether the UK will work on updating its own copyright laws for the digital era.

 

 

Source: The UK will not implement the controversial copyright directive passed by the EU last year (Neowin)

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funkyy

I'll say it one more time...if they could pass and enforce a law to stop us whistling or singing popular music in public they would.

If they could charge us for the oxygen we breathe they would.

Someone ought to remind these clowns that they were elected to serve the people, not as an entity to serve the interests of big business.

Better they spend more time going after companies and millionaires who avoid paying their taxes instead of folk downloading a movie or music.

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aum

Well, we don't care for Real-Power that is hidden [i.e., God's (Mother Natures') Power] but only care for power that is amply flaunted. Hence this man-made-power-show has gone on, goes on, and will go on. 🕊️

 

 

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Edward Raja

UK is confirmed to leave EU, so they have no obligation to enforce that controvorsial copyright law. UK has done with EU. That's it. No need for UK have headaches on that controversial law anymore.

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funkyy
3 hours ago, Edward Raja said:

UK is confirmed to leave EU, so they have no obligation to enforce that controvorsial copyright law. UK has done with EU. That's it. No need for UK have headaches on that controversial law anymore.

That's correct Edward Raja, but unfortunately the current UK governing Party is made up of wealthy and rich men and women, many of whom are on the boards of multiple

Companies and they have zero consideration of the working class masses and never have had. I expect they will draw up their own copyright law that may be even tighter than the EU law.

 

 

 

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Reefa
14 hours ago, Edward Raja said:

UK is confirmed to leave EU, so they have no obligation to enforce that controvorsial copyright law. UK has done with EU. That's it. No need for UK have headaches on that controversial law anymore.

 

Are you being serious we are not or will never be out of the EU they will still control are laws are armed forces and many more things...31 of January only means the end of article 50....Another year after that date...Look it up before you talk fellow...For instance the EU passed a law in 2016 to ban menthol cigarettes that still comes into law in May this year even though we have supposedly left by then...

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Edward Raja
16 hours ago, Reefa said:

 

Are you being serious we are not or will never be out of the EU they will still control are laws are armed forces and many more things...31 of January only means the end of article 50....Another year after that date...Look it up before you talk fellow...For instance the EU passed a law in 2016 to ban menthol cigarettes that still comes into law in May this year even though we have supposedly left by then...

I did before I talk fella.

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mp68terr

Even if the UK decided to leave EU, most people don't know what is going to happen, what will be kept from EU, what will be left behind... In point of fact wondering if someone knows today what will finally be decided for tomorrow.

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Edward Raja
13 hours ago, mp68terr said:

Even if the UK decided to leave EU, most people don't know what is going to happen, what will be kept from EU, what will be left behind... In point of fact wondering if someone knows today what will finally be decided for tomorrow.

only time will tell whether the politicians stay true to the power of people, or staying true to their own political party or adapating whatever EU says.

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