YouTube meeting EU governments to talk Article 17 implementation


It’s no secret that the approval of the European Union’s new copyright directive was not the end of the lobbying (and arguments) around its section covering user-uploaded-content platforms and copyright.

Article 17 (formerly Article 13) will now, like the rest of the directive, have to be implemented by each of the EU member states, and creative-industry bodies and technology firms alike are keen to encourage these implementations to sway one way or the other.

This isn’t even secret lobbying: in her latest letter to creators and artists, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has provided an update on the lobbying process.

“Thanks to all of the creator involvement, we were able to make improvements to the legislation — in particular, securing liability protections when we make best efforts to match copyright material with rights owners. This change made a big difference and moved the copyright directive in a better direction for the internet and YouTube,” she wrote.

“Now it’s up to European countries to turn the legislation into national laws. As the process moves forward, we’re meeting with governments and inviting local creators to help explain to legislators how Article 17 could affect creators like you. We’re in this together. We’ll continue to keep you posted as we advocate for responsible copyright reform. We hope to see some early drafts of the new legislation in 2020, but it will take a few years for each EU country to implement Article 17.”

Stuart Dredge

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