EU’s New Copyright Rules Could Hurt Google, Facebook

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2019

Non-profits and encyclopedias like Wikipedia will be exempted from the ambit of the directive, which covers "content-sharing service providers", and can continue to use data for research and educational purposes according to Deutsche Welle.

The directive has been opposed by tech companies including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

Germans protested in the thousands on March 23, against the EU's proposed Copyright Directive. 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. 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. The UK, Germany and France were among the countries that voted in favour of the reforms. However, German ministers stressed in the minutes that "upload filters" would not be made mandatory in Germany. Supporters of the reforms, along with the European Commission, suggest that the new rules will ensure fair remuneration for those producing content displayed online.

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"We believe that the Directive in its current form is a step back for the Digital Single Market rather than a step forward".

European Union sources said Italy, Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Poland voted against the controversial legislation.

The new Directive will boost high-quality journalism in the EU and offer better protection for European authors and performers. Furthermore, since April 1st 2018, Europeans who buy or subscribe to films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books and games in their home Member State are able to access this content when they travel or stay temporarily in another EU country.

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