The negotiators of the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council reached agreement on the new EU copyright rules in the digital age.

The political agreement reached is aimed at adapting copyright rules to the current digital world. A scenario in which the channels of access to creative works and journalistic articles have changed enormously. In which the content is conveyed through music streaming services, news aggregations, video-on-demand platforms and user-uploaded-content.

The proposed regulation, in its first draft, had generated many controversy and critical positions. Last September, the European Parliament approved the negotiating mandate on a text that made some changes.

The final stage therefore marks the agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council, or rather between their negotiators. Lupin is not yet finished. The agreement must now be approved by the representatives of the Council, the parliamentary committee on legal affairs and the plenary of Parliament.

The terms of the digital copyright agreement

In the statement, the European Parliament explains that: as a general rule, sharing fragments of articles will not be subject to copyright. This was one of the most critical points, for the risk of blocking the free exchange of links, ideas and ideas on the Internet.

However, the agreement also contains measures to prevent news brokers from misuse this concession. According to the agreement, the so-called “snippets” can then continue to appear in the newsfeed of Google News, for example. Or to be shared on Facebook. However, provided that the text is “very short”: it is referred to as “very short extract” or “individual words”.

However, a general indication such as very short may still leave room for different interpretations and disputes. In addition, the main plant remains roughly intact.

The agreement also provides that the loading of protected works for the purpose of citation, criticism, review, caricature or parody is protected. This would ensure that meme and GIF continue to be available and shared on online platforms. This was another point on which the most intense criticisms were concentrated, and the agreement seems to want to defuse these fears.

In essence, the European Parliament’s position is that co-legislators have committed themselves to ensuring that the Internet remains an area of free expression. The fragments of the articles of the chronicle can thus continue to be shared without violating copyright. So are the GIFs and the memes. Without however altering the essential spirit of the new rules on online copyright.

Copyright at the time of Internet

The main core of the measure remains intact. The intention, that is, that online platforms of web giants should share with artists and journalists the revenues obtained from the use of their works. Of course, the realities most interested in new European rules of online copyright are platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Google News.

The basic concept that gives web giants the responsibility to sign fair licensing agreements with rightholders remains.

The text specifies that loading works on online encyclopedias for non-commercial purposes, such as Wikipedia, or open source software platforms, such as GitHub, will automatically be excluded from the new rules. In addition, start-up platforms will be subject to lighter obligations than those more consolidated.

The principle of fair remuneration for the use of a work of which rights are held for authors and publishers remains also without prejudice to the principle of fair remuneration. They will have a greater specific weight, with the new rules, in order to obtain fairer licensing agreements. More opportunities are also offered for authors, artists and creators of content, to assert their rights. Both to online platforms and publishers and publishers, in case they do not do enough.

On this page of the European Parliament website, there is a list of questions and answers on the subject of new rules of digital copyright.

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