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What is Article 13? We explain the EU’s new copyright law

The EU has adopted a new legislation intended to safeguard copyright, but it has some severe potential implications for internet content, especially user-generated material uploaded to locations such as YouTube and SoundCloud.

It is a section of the EU Copyright Directive covering how high-value copyrighted material should be handled by internet services. It’s been 18 years since the EU last looked at copyright, and things have changed considerably in that moment, of course.

“This is really just an update of today’s digital age copyright legislation,” suggests Georgia Shriane, senior associate lawyer at Boyes Turner’s business and technology team. “It’s intended to avoid pirating of origin.

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