European Union council adopts copyright directive

EU Approves Controversial Copyright Directive

EU Approves Controversial Copyright Directive

Poland had been one of a handful of member states who voted against the plans, along with Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The new rules were first proposed nearly three years ago and member states have two years before they need to add the directive into their national legislation.

For example, the the bargaining position of press publishers are strengthened under the new law when they negotiate the use of their content by online services.

All of the aforementioned countries, bar Sweden, had committed to a joint statement ahead of the vote, saying that the directive "does not strike the right balance between the protection of rights holders and the interests of European Union citizens and companies". The search engine giant feared that takedown requests would turn the web into a ghost town.

Google's YouTube, Facebook's Instagram, and other sharing platforms will also have to install filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted materials.

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"This is a milestone for the development of a robust and well-functioning digital single market". Moreover, they will benefit from enhanced safeguards linked to the freedom of expression when they upload videos that contain rights holders' content, memes or parodies. Supporters of the reforms, along with the European Commission, suggest that the new rules will ensure fair remuneration for those producing content displayed online.

However, there remained a degree of controversy over the reform, with particular attention directed at Articles 17 and 15.

The countries said the final text of the directive was a step back for the digital single market and fails to deliver on its aims of stimulating innovation, creativity, investment and production of new content.

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