I am more than fine with the new Copyright Directive and I believe every author should be treated with respect.
The actual text of the Copyright Directive contradicts all the FUD that is spread around by Google and rest of the leeches - way too many to list them all.
I couldn't agree more.
If you are fine with it you probably do not understand it. It effectively mandates automatic filters, and removes fair use/fair dealing with regard to new.
Fair Use has become little more than a safe haven for parasites. To my mind, 'Fair Use' should be when something is used because it is genuinely in the public interest: e.g. when an image of a product needs to be reproduced in the media because that product may be contaminated and there is a product recall. I.e. There is a public health risk.
On the other hand, channels that re-hash 'This Week's Top Ten Viral Videos' are nothing more than parasite scum and these channels need to die.
It has become the norm that YouTube Channels/Facebook pages and Instagram channels that do little more than steal and re-hash real creator's images and videos become much more successful than those that actually write the music/take the landscape photos or create the original videos. If anything those platforms favour this type of theft over the actual creators.
Unfortunately I come across this type of thing all the time - about a month ago I discovered a facebook page with about 10x my following that was composed entirely of my YouTube videos (with the soundtracks replaced by copyright music). Two months ago I found an Estate Agent in Italy that had stolen one of images for their homepage. Last week, a politician using one of my images in a campaign. Don't even get me started on Instagram.
One reason why we need this legislation in Europe is because it is virtually impossible to pursue small copyright claims across-borders: you can do it, but you will need very deep pockets and you will not find any no-win, no fee lawyers. There is also no equivalent of statutory damages based on works registered with the library of congress - and I don't see how this could be introduced given the diverse legal systems in Europe.