Julia Reda – Breaking: The text of Article 13 and the EU Copyright Directive has just been finalised


This EU law will fundamentally change the internet as we know it – if it is adopted in the upcoming final vote. But we can still prevent that!

The history of this law is a shameful one. From the very beginning, the purpose of Articles 11 and 13 was never to solve clearly-defined issues in copyright law with well-assessed measures, but to serve powerful special interests, with hardly any concern for the collateral damage caused.

In the relentless pursuit of this goal, concerns by independent academics, fundamental rights defenders, independent publishers, startups and many others were ignored.


I think there are not many winners of this fiasco if this gets taken to use. EU citizens will loose. I expect that most of the EU publishing industry will loose a lot on collareral damage. Some publishers who asked for this will propably celebrate before they sink.

To be fair the EU Copyright Directive seems to have done quite decent job of clearing things outside Articles 11 and 13. But those Articles 11 and 13 seem to be total disasters based on all the reports on them I have read. Hopefully they can be still be stopped.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

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  2. TechyHost says:

    I love this post. Thanks for starting it. Loved the thought that was put behind writing this. I’m glad. :)


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