After that, the members will have 24 months to transpose the directive into their national legislation.
Article 17 makes firms liable for content uploaded to their website, which could lead to the use of upload filters to vet content before it appears online. Furthermore, since April 1st 2018, Europeans who buy or subscribe to films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books and games in their home Member State are able to access this content when they travel or stay temporarily in another EU country.
But 19 countries, including France and Germany, endorsed the revamp, while Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia abstained. For example, Germany said that it must be the aim to render so-called "upload filters" largely unnecessary in practice.
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European Union sources say that Italy, Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Poland voted against the directive, and Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia have abstained. Two aspects of the reforms attracted particular scrutiny and comment.
"Information society service providers, like news aggregators or media monitoring services, will be required to honour the new press publishers" right, but there will be limitations to what the new right protects. The other controversial clause, the Link Tax, Article 15 in the final directive although formerly Article 11, may cause news aggregation sites to withdraw from Europe rather than face the uncertainty of lawsuites.