EU’s disruptive ‘copyright reform’ moves closer to passage
Legislation seeks to clean up copyright but also to subsidize traditional media at the expense of internet companies.
Now that GDPR is in force, attention turns to the next challenge for US technology companies: proposed EU copyright reform. The pending legislation, which has been gaining momentum and moving through European Parliamentary committees over the past several years, would take the disastrous “link tax” approach applied in Germany and Spain across the whole of Europe.
The stated intent is to harmonize copyright laws across Europe. There’s a fragmented set of laws and enforcement rules that the European Commission wants to fix to create a single digital market.
While reconciling a tangle of copyright rules makes sense, the way it is playing out could be disastrous for everyone. Julia Reda, a German member of the European Parliament, has repeatedly warned of the negative consequences of the pending legislation as an “attack on the hyperlink.”