To give another look. It depends on the wording and implementation. The idea on principle doesn’t necessarily sounds bad, use someones content, pay for it. However the wording and implementation of such a law I think is what most people are concerned about.
We have two examples of this already in the digital word of EU legislation.
The cookie legislation is what prompted the initial wave on nuisance popups asking you to accept cookies. Nuisance primarily because basically no one has implemented it in such a way that it doesn’t annoy everyone.
It was meant to be good for people giving them clear indication and ability to consent to cookies being used. In reality its an unenforceable mess that burdens the end user, developer, and website owner and no one reads it anyway.
The second is GDPR, another attempt at what on paper soudns like a good idea. There are good parts of GDPR and bad parts.
The most visible bad part of GDPR is the second layer of bricks on top of the original cookie legislation. Now you get banners, website overlays, and complex multi choice boxes of what cookies to accept. Its another disaster imo.
the second problem with GDPR is a big one. No one knows how to implement it, whats required under the law, and what isnt, so much so that some websites have simply opted to ban the entire EU from accessing their site for fear on landing on the wrong side of the law.
Ask two lawyers who deal with GDPR the same question on what data required consent, what can be used without, and what must be deleted on request, and you’ll get two different answers. And yes, lawyers, because even though they cant agree, you’ll do worse.
So you have two reasonable ideas on paper, which are OK at best in action and in legislation, and at worst impossible to follow and were all breaking the law. And you get an idea of why there is concern about the EU also making legislation on digital copyright reforms.
The idea sounds OK. But the wording of the legislation is pretty bad, impossible for anyone to implement, overly burdens smaller companies and people, and im not even sure the technology exists to implement it even if it could be implemented. The end result what some people fear is large copyright trolls (like patent trolls), going around scooping up all content and smacking everyone with fines and removing all content.