It was already obvious, but Europe's controversial new online copyright law has gone a step further towards its officialization this week.
The European Union announced on Monday that 19 of the 28 member countries of the European Council had voted in favor of the adoption of the new law on the Copyright Directive. Italy and Poland were among those who voted against the bill, while Estonia, Belgium and Slovenia abstained
. or, every EU member country now has two years to enforce the law, which some say is tantamount to widespread censorship of the internet. .
Monday's development could be considered a formality, with the European Parliament having passed the law at the end of last month. However, it is clearer than ever that the new law will not radically change how users distribute content on platforms such as YouTube.
Articles 11 and 13 of the Copyright Directive provoked the most before the vote. The first indicates that sites such as Google must pay for aggregated news content. Google has publicly opposed the law on the grounds that its Google News service would suffer greatly from Article 11.
It has already closed Google News in Spain in 2014 due to similar law in this country.
Article 13, meanwhile, means that platforms such as YouTube are responsible for everything that is protected by copyright and that users post without prior permission. The main fear in this regard is that these sites could use content filters to prohibit more or less copyrighted content, which would make it even more of a bother to post messages such as memes.
That said, the use of copyrighted content for "citations, criticism, review, caricature as well as parody" is supposed to be very good, according to the law. It may be years before we fully understand the impact this will have in Europe and beyond.
The European Data Protection Act GDPR, passed last year, has had notable effects both on the continent and externally, for example. Let's hope we do not move to a future without memes Game of Thrones .