The European Union Copyright Bill, so-called Copyright Directive, will be voted definitively in January 2019, and has generated many controversies regarding articles 11 and 13.
The article 11 guarantees the owner of an intellectual property, a financial return when content hosting companies make use of this property without a prior agreement of use, which, according to the critics of the project, would be impracticable.
It is added that the article 13, the so-called "upload filter", requires that platforms, as YouTube, Instagram, eBay, etc., to monitor the contents published by its users, in order to verify if they are in accordance with the determinations of copyrights.
There are serious criticisms about the implementation of the new legal provisions, since important platforms, such as YouTube, have warned about the financial impracticability of the legislation, which would hurt even more small sites, which no apply filters able to detect the misuse of copyrights, due to the very high costs, such as Content ID - a filter that identifies content that may infringe copyright - used by YouTube.
Thus, the new European legislation that will replace the law created in 2001, may complicate Europe’s relationships with other countries, such as Brazil, which has generated concern for content producers, not only in relation to financial matters, but also in terms of freedom of expression.
Another point that generates expectation, is whether or not Brazil will replicate the new determinations of European legislation, just as it did in relation to GDPR with the edition of the General Law of Data Protection. However, in any case, it is necessary to discuss the Copyright Directive and its reflexes, since the members of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union have already manifested in favor of the changes.