EU’s Article 11 and Article 13 Approved

The EU’s Article 11 and Article 13 have been approved, and critics say they will be catastrophic.

The fallout from this decision will be far-reaching, and take a long time to settle. The directive itself still faces a final vote in January 2019 (although experts say it’s unlikely it will be rejected). After that it will need to be implemented by individual EU member states, who could very well vary significantly in how they choose to interpret the directive’s text.

What I find particularly concerning is something called a “link tax.”  It means there could be a fee on sharing hyperlinks to various news articles online. This is targeted at news aggregators (mainly Google News) because it links to stories with snippets. TechDirt has more information, and there’s a website called SaveTheLink to sign a petition.

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2 thoughts on “EU’s Article 11 and Article 13 Approved

  • News aggregators like Google and the like now need to pay for news content they share. The thing is Goolge is no LexisNexis. Such service aggregators like LexisNexis create a searchable database of all content that had originally appeared in print. These service aggregators like LexisNexis will pay for the printed content allowing them to have it in their database. In otherwords LexisNexis purchases content that was never released on the internet and make it availabe on their website. Google aggregates content already freely available on the internet. Big difference here wherein LexisNexis generates web traffic exclusively to their website requiring paid membership to access while Google generates traffic to the orinators’ content website.

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