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Yesterday, the European Parliament voted in favor of a new directive on copyright rules. The last copyright reform was made in 2001, long before social media and streaming services were established. The new European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market has been in works for several years and aims to bring copyright rules up to date and adapted to today’s usage of online services.

The Directive requires online platforms to take more responsibility for copyrighted content on their websites. Two specific articles, article 11 and article 13, have caused controversy. Article 11 states that online platforms, such as Google and YouTube, shall pay fees in order to use links from news websites. Article 13 contain a responsibility for online platforms to filter or remove copyrighted content from its platforms or otherwise being held liable for its users’ violation of copyrights.

The proposed Directive will now have to be approved by the Council of the European Union, who are scheduled to vote in April. Provided that the Directive passes the Council, the member states have two years to implement the new framework into national legislation.

If you want to know more about the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market or copyright issues in general, do not hesitate to contact our partner Fredrik Ståhl, Head of Intellectual Property.