Note — Mar 31, 2019

EU Copyright Directive Holds Online Hosts Liable for User Infringement

This week in “policy makers hardly ever take decisions in the public’s interest and just listen to lobbyists.” Horrible, horrible EU directive goes through. Just as voices start rising to restrain or even dismantle large platforms, a decision which will be very hard to implement by smaller players, handicapping them.

“Despite the warnings and concerns of academics, privacy bodies, U.N. representatives and hundreds of thousands of consumers across Europe, the European Parliament has given its go-ahead to a very unbalanced copyright law,” said Monique Goyens, director general of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC.) “Consumers will have to bear the consequences of this decision. Their concerns had been voiced loud and clearly but MEPs chose to ignore them.”