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September 18, 2018 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Europe Votes in Favor of New Copyright Law

According to CNBC’s Ryan Browne, “European parliamentarians have passed a controversial overhaul of copyright law that could force tech giants to install filters that prevent copyright-protected content from being uploaded.” However, critics are worried that “such a law would normalize censorship and restrict internet freedom, preventing users from being able to post content. …” The controversial sections are Articles 11 and 13:
  • Article 11 would grant press publications copyright over the sharing of their content online, meaning they would be able to charge services like Google News for aggregating their stories. Critics have dubbed this as an effective ‘link tax,’ but proponents say hyperlinks will be exempt.
  • Meanwhile, Article 13 calls for ‘effective content recognition’ technology to filter out copyright-protected content. Detractors hold that this part of the law could threaten social media users’ ability to share anything from internet memes to snippets of music and film.

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