Europe's New Copyright Law Could Change The Web Worldwide
Parts of the proposal will be costly and hard to implement
On Sept. 12, 2018, the European Parliament passed sweeping copyright legislation that, much like its privacy regulations, could have impact far beyond Europe.
Critics argue that the most controversial part of the proposal will effectively force all but the smallest website operators to adopt "upload filters" similar to those used by YouTube, and apply them to all types of content, to stop users from uploading copyrighted works. That could pose problems, given how expensive such filters could be to develop, and the high likelihood of false positives.
The legislation will also require site owners to pay for displaying snippets of content. Critics have called this a "link tax," though links and search engine listings are exempted from the requirement.
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