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Europe’s New Copyright Laws: Sending Shock Waves Across the Globe

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Phil Muncaster investigates as experts claim new directive is damaging for small websites and individual rights holders

The European Union has a pretty good track record when it comes to progressive regulation and protecting individual freedoms. However, that reputation is under threat, after the European Parliament’s vote in favor of a controversial new copyright law on March 26 was greeted with widespread condemnation. Supported by the creative industries, the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive has been slammed by digital rights campaigners, academics, leading lights in the tech industry and users in their millions.

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