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The EU’s Struggle To Protect Copyright and Freedom of Speech

The EU’s Struggle To Protect Copyright and Freedom of Speech

Our PhD student Amélie Heldt is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She wrote a guest article on EU copyright reform for the blog of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

"On March 26, 2019, the European Union (EU) Parliament voted for a new regulatory framework seeking to harmonize copyright laws between member states. While many believed that previous EU copyright legislation could no longer effectively regulate the digital economy, and the new directive is intended to improve the rights of creatives and news publishers, the reform has become the biggest controversy in EU regulation in recent memory, symbolizing an intergenerational clash of culture between policymakers and digital natives. Most agree on the legitimacy of the initial goal, but there has been a growing resistance against the probable means to achieve it—upload filters. Furthermore, the implementation of these filters has sparked a heated debate on “the free internet,” a discussion that has often lacked objectivity on both sides. [...]"
The complete article can be read here.

Heldt, A. (2019): Good Ends, Bad Means? The EU’s Struggle To Protect Copyright and Freedom of Speech, in: https://www.cfr.org/blog/good-ends-bad-means-eus-struggle-protect-copyright-and-freedom-speech (16 April 2019)

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