Unusual support for Google
Its unusual to see El Reg (particularly Andrew) giving such strong support for Google!
The requirement for platforms to "prevent the availability on their services of content identified by rightholders" immediately kills off any startup trying to compete with YouTube, as they are not going to be able to implement a feature like ContentID. Personally I would much prefer Google to be open to competition, particularly from European alternatives that take into account European cultural priorities, like data protection.
In addition, it also kills off any use of internet platforms for legitimate non-infringing uses of content, such as the new exceptions they are so keen to talk about!
Note to editors: copyright is not, and never has been, an absolute right. Whether use of a particular piece of content requires a licence depends on the type and purpose of use, and other aspects of the context. And the decision on whether new content infringes rights in an earlier content is up to a jury to decide (there are many cases where this decision has been extremely difficult to predict).