What major changes to copyright law could mean for your online activities

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"The internet must remain a place where consumers can freely share their own creations, opinions and ideas".

The issue will be re-visited later this year.

Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda, who led a campaign against the proposal, argued it would have had a chilling effect on freedom of expression while unintentionally endangering projects like Wikipedia and GitHub. "I look forward to supporting colleagues in that and will continue to be active in efforts to strike a balance that works for everyone", explains Alyn Smith MEP, SNP member of the European Parliament for Scotland.

Save Your Internet, a campaign against the proposals, claims Article 13 would also affect gamers' live-streaming, the ability to remix music, the sharing of parodies, and the ability to share links, as well as discussion sites.

In spite of the European Union deciding to keep out Wikipedia from being affected, as it was an encyclopedia, Wikipedia has held protests in shared aims with those that will be affected.

The proposed update aimed to modernize copyright legislation for the digital age.

Article 11 "Neighbouring Rights", under which websites producing journalistic content can charge other websites to use snippets of their content.

"The article never uses the word "filter" or "filtering" anywhere in it".

"The EU parliament has recognised that machine censorship of copyrighted material is not an easy and simple fix". "The future of an open internet and creativity in Europe depends on it". We are confident that in September the Parliament will reach a conclusion and secure a fair and sustainable internet. But he had a bigger concern.

"We're talking about the major U.S. platforms like Google and Facebook that have been making huge profits at the cost of European creatives".

- What kind of content would the new copyright law affect?

Consumers group BEUC said reforms should be more consumer friendly. Instead, though, publishers opted-in without receiving payment as their traffic would've suffered as a result. According to Bently, the United State's Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a "good starting point".

If successful, user-generated content services like YouTube will have to obtain music licences, and can no longer hide behind Europe's safe harbour provisions, which protect them from liability if users upload content without rights-holders' permission.

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