The E.U.'s legal affairs committee has voted for the Copyright Directive and in favour of Article 11 and Article 13 today, and now both of these very challenging parts of the copyright reform package now move on to the next stage in the process.
Article 11 is aimed at aggregators of news content, but could also go further by requiring any snippets of data be paid for. This has happened in Germany and Spain independently, and it didn't end particularly well.
Some of you will remember when Google removed snippets from German News publishers
[webmasterworld.com] over the original directive in the country. I recall that the publishers ended up agreeing that Google's traffic was more valuable than to receive payment for the snippets. this, too, happened in Spain, but under those circumstances, no agreement was reached and everything was removed.
Article 13, in simple terms, could mean the end of the freedoms of the Internet and much greater censorship. Net Experts Open Letter Opposing E.U.'s Article 13 Copyright Provision
I support protecting copyright, however, these catch-all rules will have a far reaching effect and impact much wider sectors than the worst of the targets.