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You might of heard something on the news or seen something online this week about the EU copyright directive. So what’s all the fuss about?

It all comes down to obtaining permission to use text, images, and video that have been produced by someone else. This isn’t a new concept, we have had copyright law for many years to protect intellectual property rights. However, the directive is proposing that responsibility for policing copyright infringement be that of the website owner not the owner of the material.

At the time of writing, I’m unsure what impact this directive will have on small businesses operating a website or social media. I would, however, recommend you review your processes for sourcing materials like text, images and video to ensure they meet current copyright requirements.

The directive still has to pass another vote in January 2019 after which EU member states will have to interpret the directive before any actionable information will be available.

Watch this space for more information and advice.

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