Today, the Council of Ministers adopted the Copyright Directive, including ancillary copyright for press publishers and a de facto obligation for Internet platforms to use upload filters.
Julia Reda, Vice-President of the Greens/EFA group and shadow rapporteur on the Copyright Directive, comments:
"The opportunity for a modern copyright directive has been lost, the new law makes everyone a loser. Artists, authors and small publishers will not get their fair remuneration and internet users will have to live with limited freedoms. Artistic diversity has made the Internet colourful, but unfortunately the Copyright Directive will make the Internet duller.
"We will continue to fight against restrictions of online freedoms and monitor how Member States choose to implement these reforms."