EU Copyright Proposal: Not Good, But Not As Blatantly Terrible As It Could Have Been
from the yes,-but...-how-about-doing-it-right? dept
We recently warned that there were efforts underway to make the EU’s copyright reform proposal even more draconian and ridiculous. Thankfully, the “compromise,” which wasn’t a compromise at all and would have made things much worse, was rejected by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) committee, but there was still plenty of bad stuff to be concerned about.
The mandatory filtering (i.e., mandatory censorship) regime for internet platforms was rejected. That’s a good thing. But, on the flip side, the so-called “link tax” requiring payments from those who link to and aggregate news to news publishers has moved forward. Two other small bits of good news were also included: the “freedom of panorama” allowing people to photograph buildings and sculptures without violating someone’s copyright and also a “remix right” that will protect the public from doing basic remixing of copyright-covered works. There are still concerns about the “text and data mining” rules which limit what content can be acquired.
So, basically, it’s a mixed bag. Some, of course, will argue that any “compromise” will involve some good and some bad, but that assumes that we need a compromise here. Why not aim for creating a policy that’s actually better overall, rather than a “compromise” solution? Europe has the chance to lead the way, but appears to have little interest in doing so. Either way, there’s still more to go in this process, and other committees to approve things, so the policy still has a long way to go. Hopefully, by the end it pushes more and more to being true copyright reform, rather than just “propping up old industries” reform.