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Feb 11, 2019, 03:18 PM
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Small Internet platforms that visit up to 5 million users per month are to be exempt from the requirement to filter content.

Most likely, the final negotiations on the Copyright Directive between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council will take place today, bringing together the representatives of the Member States (ie the trilogue). This will be the second approach this year to reach an agreement on the final shape of controversial legislation. The previous one ended with a fiasco three weeks ago, after a coalition of 11 countries - including Germany, Poland, and Italy - did not agree to the wording of two most emotive provisions - art. 11 and 13.. Strong regulations
The first one is to guarantee press publishers related rights, thanks to which they will be able to request from Internet portals publishing fragments of journalistic articles of license fees. The second rule concerns the distribution of profits between creators and intermediaries, especially online platforms enabling their users to post large portions of materials. According to art. 13 the latter would be obliged to conclude licensing agreements with the owners of copyright for the use of their works. Otherwise, they would have to put in place effective mechanisms to detect and counteract violations. In practice, this would mean the implementation of technology for automatic content monitoring. Users whose algorithm would unjustifiably block the material, however, would have a guaranteed path to claim. Governments (including Poland) most unfavorable to the regulations passed in September last year. by the European Parliament believe that they will become a tool for censoring the internet. The exit from the impasse will most probably enable a compromise proposal developed by the government in Berlin with the French delegation. It provides for an exemption from the obligation to actively monitor the content posted therein for websites operating for no longer than three years, showing revenues not exceeding EUR 10 million per year and having a maximum of 5 million unique users.

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Small portals that meet all these criteria will only have to adhere to the notice and takedown procedure, i.e. to delete copyright infringing material only after receiving the relevant notification in this case.

- Even if Poland votes against this proposal, it will not be possible to block the draft directive without the German minority coalition - emphasizes Jack Wojtas from the Chamber of Press Publishers (IWP).

Along with the imminent settlement of the EU directive, both sides of the dispute - Internet giants as well as creators and traditional media - have intensified lobbying efforts. After revealing the Franco-German compromise project, the chief attorney and one of Google Kent Walker's bloggers sketched a gloomy picture of the future of the internet on the blog following the introduction of an order in line with the directive. The largest acts are against related rights, arguing that displaying only headers or links in the search results will limit the traffic on publisher sites by as much as 45%. As it appears from Walker's experiment, instead of targeting the pages of press journals, users were more often looking for information, among others via social media. This would confirm the effects that have occurred on a local scale in Germany after introducing there the requirement for Internet companies to pay small fragments of articles.

- Even though German publishers after some time conditionally agreed that their content would appear in Google's search results free of charge, their collective management organization - VG Media - went to court, accusing the US company of abusing its dominant position and breaking the law on copyright and related rights - says Wojtas.As you see another long article,but I guess everything now makes sense,right?