France plan to Implement EU Copyright Directive by Summer
France is taking the lead in the battle on online piracy as the country looks to implement the
new anti-piracy law by summer, including the controversial Article 13. European member
states must implement the directive within two years, but according to the French Minister
of Culture, Franck Riester, the government is working to have the law enter into force “as
soon as possible”. Though France could have simply made these legislation changes on its
own, a greater regional change will be more effective in preventing online platforms from
simply blocking certain countries in order to escape compliance.
The much contested Article 13, eventually renamed Article 17, will require online content-
sharing services, such as YouTube or Vimeo, to obtain authorisation from rights-holders for
any content being shared on their websites or through their apps, or else the content must
be taken down permanently.
While some claim it will undoubtedly lead to censorship and filters, the Copyright Directive
has been welcomed by members of the creative industry who have long appealed for
improvements in anti-piracy laws. Reister states that nothing will change for viewers, but
content-sharers will be forced to take greater accountability and rightfully compensate
The French will also propose a number of anti-piracy laws to complement the Copyright
Directive, which will be known collectively as the Audiovisual Law.