Recently, the EU lawmakers have backed a major overhaul of copyright law, which was hailed by some as a really required win against the Silicon Valley. However, the impact of this action still remains unclear on the ordinary web-users. The opponents have stated that the major aspects of the law, if it is implemented in its present form then it will fundamentally crimp the way people worldwide are making use of the internet.
On the other hand, some backers of the reform insist that the effects of this is hardly going to be felt, but with the major tech companies, including Facebook and Google will be the only ones who are expected to get affected. On Wednesday, one MEP admitted the draft of the law that was passed was considered more purist in comparison with a version that was agreed in May by the EU Council. The Council represents 28 member states; however, it insisted the ‘open internet’ that was not under attack.
In the next few months, the EU lawmakers, the Council, and the EU’s executive Commission is expected to try to hammer out a compromise in a process that is known as a ‘Trilogue’ with the arguments over the law’s impact that is sure to keep raging. In this reform, Article 13 is considered as a highly contested aspect. This is likely to effectively require content sharing sites in order to deploy technology, which will automatically filter out the copyright-protected content. Furthermore, the detractors believe that the provision would radically cripple the use of internet with all sorts of personal sharing of music and videos harshly blocked by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram.