hatton paul

How will EU copyright law change?

It’s too early to say what the consequences of this directive will be with any certainty, but here are some ideas:

  • When the EU implemented the General Data Protection Regulation in 2018, some websites chose to temporarily or permanently block EU visitors rather than risk running afoul of the law. The same could happen to EU visitors who want to visit content platforms after the Copyright Directive comes into effect;

  • Instead of blocking EU users, some platforms may choose to employ different sets of rules – one for EU users and one for other users. These rules might include filters or sweeping content upload limitations.

  • In order to comply with the directive, some platforms may simply decide to implement compliant filters site-wide, regardless of where the visitor is from. If this happens, EU visitors won’t be the only ones affected. The directive would impact the freedom of internet users around the world.

What can you do?

It’s too early to say for sure, as we don’t know exactly how the directive will be implemented and how online platforms will implement those laws. Given how we think the laws might be implemented, here are our tips:

  • Use NordVPN. NordVPN allows users to change their apparent location online. If the directive causes websites to block users from the EU (much like the GDPR did for some websites), then a VPN would allow users to continue to browse unhindered. It may also allow users to avoid the heavy-handed filtering systems that might appear.

  • Share original content. The filters that critics fear will search for copied content to block. One way to evade them is to post content that has never been posted before. In other words – be creative! Many meme enthusiasts, for example, have started redrawing popular memes by hand as a way to protest Article 13.

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