What do major copyright changes mean for internet freedom?

The European parliament approved the largest, and most contentious, overhaul of copyright legislation in two decades on Monday. When the directive comes into effect, it will be the biggest change to internet regulation since General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The copyright changes are best known because of their two most controversial clauses, articles 11 and 13, which have been the nexus of a ferocious battle between corporate lobbyists, online activists and freedom of expression groups.

What do the changes mean for the internet?

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Article 13: Memes exempt as EU backs controversial copyright law
Copyright laws which critics say could change the internet have been voted in by the European Parliament.

The new rules, including the controversial Article 13, will hold tech firms responsible for material posted without copyright permission.

Sharing memes and GIFs will still be allowed under the new laws.

Many musicians and creators say the legislation will compensate artists fairly – but others argue that they will destroy user-generated content.

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