Digital market reacts to the link tax

Strasburg is currently living and breathing the upcoming project of introducing new regulations established for digital market. Representatives of this field from all European countries met the Members of the European Parliament in order to discuss the exact idea of this reform. The link tax will for sure revolutionize the whole concept of copyright and, therefore, evokes heated discussions on its appropriability.

Copyright revolution

13th and 14th of March became the dates of proceedings that might soon have a great impact on the future of copyright and the digital market itself. The main topic of this meeting was the influence of upcoming copyright reform on the modern technology market and its consumers. The bequest of the project’s directive on copyright on the unitary digital market brought forth some negative reactions from the European representatives. According to attendant entrepreneurs, the law will affect both the quality of services and their consumers. According to Polish legal portal, as the chairman of Polish ZIPSEE CyfrowaPolska, MichałKanownik admits, the imposed limitations will inhibit the rapid development of European modern technology market and constrict the unhampered access to legal content.

Against the link tax

The 11th and the 13th articles of project’s directive on copyright on the unitary digital market(COM/2016/0593) evoke the most discernible resistance from the attendant representatives. The mentioned bequests impose the so called “link tax” that establishes a new related right for publishers and content licensing. The heated outcry is reasoned with the common belief that copyrights are already sufficiently protected. What is more, the new law aims at introducing the obligation of the Internet content filtering and juridical responsibility to Internet service providers for the content posted online by their clients. Another regulation that raises doubts is the 3rd article of European Union directive on automatic text and data mining (2001/29/EC). It is now commonly perceived as detrimental to modern data based economy, as the article allows fully automatic text and data exploration.

The digital market and its European representatives hope for rejecting the new link tax and changes in copyright law. Believing in the idea of compromise and democracy, opponents of this new revolutionary project stand for both, entrepreneurs and consumers needs and safety.