EU copyright reforms
On 12 September 2018, following months of discord and some not insignificant amendments, the EU Parliament voted to approve controversial new copyright laws. Although the new law is not yet in force, and still faces a further vote in early 2019, it is likely that the proposed update (a Directive) will ultimately proceed along current lines. EU Member States will then need to implement the law nationally.
The changes are important and prioritise the rights of copyright owners. The aim is to reduce copyright infringement online by imposing additional obligations on the providers of content sharing platforms, like YouTube, Facebook and Google. However, the reforms have a wider application and may well impact all internet users.