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EU copyright rules compel Google, Facebook to pay royalties

Business | Apr 15, 2019 19:07
<p>Google will have to&nbsp;pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook filter out&nbsp;protected content under new copyright rules aimed at ensuring&nbsp;fair compensation for the European Union&#39;s US$1 trillion creative&nbsp;industries, Reuters reports.&nbsp;<br />EU governments today backed the move launched by the&nbsp;European Commission two years ago to protect Europe&#39;s creative&nbsp;industries, which employ 11.7 million people in the bloc.&nbsp;<br />&quot;When it comes to completing Europe&#39;s digital single market,&nbsp;the copyright reform is the missing piece of the puzzle,&quot; the&nbsp;Commission&#39;s president Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement.&nbsp;<br />Under the new rules, Google and other online platforms will&nbsp;have to sign licensing agreements with musicians, performers,&nbsp;authors, news publishers and journalists to use their work.&nbsp;<br />The European Parliament gave a green light last month to a&nbsp;proposal that has pitted Europe&#39;s creative industry against tech&nbsp;companies, internet activists and consumer groups.&nbsp;<br />Wikipedia blacked out several European sites in protest last&nbsp;month, while the change was opposed by Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden.&nbsp;<br />But 19 countries, including France and Germany, endorsed the&nbsp;revamp, while Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia abstained.&nbsp;</p><p>Under the new regime Google-owned YouTube, Facebook&#39;s&nbsp; Instagram and other sharing platforms will have to install&nbsp;filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted materials.&nbsp;<br />Google said the new rules would hurt Europe&#39;s creative and&nbsp;digital economies, while critics said it would hit cash-strapped&nbsp;smaller companies rather than the tech giants.&nbsp;<br />Poland said the overhaul was a step backwards as the filter&nbsp;requirement may lay the foundation for censorship.</p>

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