A vote over the final text of the European Copyright Directive will take place during the March 25-28 plenary session of the European Parliament. Most informed stakeholders say the Copyright Directive has improved over the nearly 3-year legislative process; even Google has admitted that.
This text is about rebalancing economic relations between powerful platforms like YouTube, Facebook or Google News and the artists, press publishers and other creators whose content makes those platforms successful.
But the public debate around the Copyright Directive has turned bitter as the average Internet user is increasingly spooked by misleading buzzwords like ‘upload filters’ ‘link taxes’ and ‘censorship machines,’ terms made popular by opponents of the directive and amplified by the U.S. tech giants, who want to preserve the status quo.
Though Europeans are wary of the U.S. tech giants, their influence is clearly being felt as the Parliament prepares to vote on the final version of the Copyright Directive.