What Europe's Copyright Law Changes Could Mean for U.S. Publishers

European Parliament's actions leave plenty of gray area—and a lot of questions


Members of the European Parliament approved new copyright laws today, calling into question what that might mean for publishers in the United States.

The laws still face another hurdle, as EU’s member states have to give their approval (in January 2019) before local laws can be created to enact them. But there are already a lot of questions about the gray area that the copyright law changes would create.

The two most significant parts of the new laws are Article 13, which would require platforms such as Facebook to monitor users and the unlicensed material they share, and Article 11, which would require platforms such as Google to pay publishers for linking to their content.

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