How the Internet Will Change Thanks to the EU’s New Copyright Rules

The directive will turn digital media on its head

After the European Parliament approved the EU Copyright Directive in a 348-274 vote this morning, the controversial and complicated overhaul of copyright rules in the European Union will cause major ripple effects across the web, if not change the internet for good. The new law is intended to update existing European copyright rules for the internet age, but tech companies and free speech advocates have voiced concern that the directive will negatively limit the way content on the internet is moderated and disseminated online, chilling free speech, making digital content harder to find and disenfranchising smaller businesses who can’t afford to comply with the rules.