Controversial EU Copyright Directive will not be implemented in the UK

One of the most talked about updates to copyright law, the EU directive due to be implemented in 2021, including Article 13, will not be adopted by the UK.

Universities and Science minister Chris Skidmore, has confirmed this position and put many peoples worries to bed.

The EU members states have until June 2021 to ensure that the directive has been fully adopted into their law. The UK was initially in support of the changes, however since then, the UK’s position has changed.

The directive as a whole, in particular Article 13, has been criticised by many people, who are concerned it goes beyond what is necessary and will put an end to gifs and memes. These critics have included Google and YouTube bosses who are concerned that these changes will affect the creatives who use their platforms.

As these companies operate EU wide, this announcement by the Government may not have the biggest effect, but it does start to shine a light on life after the transition period, and potentially highlighting issues that may arise through differing jurisdictional rules.

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