The hotly disputed Reform of the EU copyright rules could take the last hurdle. After the European Parliament has approved the project already, would have to agree for it in a final vote of the EU member States.

Then, you would have around two years time, the new rules into national law. The countries of the Reform in February, had once before – also with a German Yes – agreed. Now you need to again – at the Meeting of the Minister of agriculture – ran. For the Federal government Minister, Julia Klöckner (CDU) is expected.

The German vote could be required for the majority prevail. After it had been given, especially in Germany, a violent Protest against parts of the Reform, stressed the government politicians in the past few weeks, multiple, Upload filters should be avoided in the implementation. Until recently, several ministries were working on an additional Declaration to make clear that Berlin wants to implement the Directive without these filters.

critics fear, however, that platforms like YouTube come in the use of the Filter in the future over. Article 13 (in the final act, article 17) required the platforms to check during the Upload, whether the contents contain copyrighted Material. This is the view of the critics, only with Filters possible, where the danger was, that a lot more than necessary will be sorted out. This would be tantamount to censorship. Article 11 (in the final Text of article 15) also provides for an ancillary copyright law for press publishers. Therefore, messages to search engines like Google News for Displaying article snippets in the future, pay money to the publishers.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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