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Proposed EU Regulation to Modernize Copyright Laws Generates Controversy, Heated Opposition

ABA Journal

18 Mar 2019

Morrison & Foerster partner Christiane Stuetzle and senior associate Patricia C. Ernst, discuss how the movement of online content and services has remained a compartmentalized sticking point for the European Union in the ABA Journal article entitled, “Proposed EU regulation to modernize copyright laws generates controversy, heated opposition.

Now, after significant debate, the European Parliament is preparing to vote on a new copyright directive that will clamp down on online copyright infringement and harmonize laws across the 28 member states. While the draft directive has 17 articles, Articles 11 and 13 have garnered the most debate. According to Stuetzle and Ernst, Article 13 proposes that platforms be obligated to get licenses for content that users upload and will in practice likely require the application of filters so that unauthorized content isn’t available.

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