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New copyright rules in the member states of the European Union will mean that Google will have to pay publishers for any snippets it uses from their publications, while Facebook will have to change its algorithms to filter out protected content.

The new rules were backed by a majority of the bloc's governments on Monday, after they were passed by the European Parliament in Brussels last month.

Nineteen countries, including France and Germany, backed the Copyright Directive, while Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia abstained. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden opposed the changes.

Online platforms will now have to sign licensing deals with individuals, companies or organisations to use their work online.

Sharing platforms will have to use digital blocks to prevent the uploading of copyrighted content.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: “With today's agreement, we are making copyright rules fit for the digital age.

"Europe will now have clear rules that guarantee fair remuneration for creators, strong rights for users and responsibility for platforms.

"When it comes to completing Europe's digital single market, the copyright reform is the missing piece of the puzzle.”

EU member states have also adopted new rules to make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programs on their online services available across borders.

Since 1 April last year, Europeans who buy or subscribe to films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books and games in their own countries can access this content when they travel or stay temporarily in another EU country.

The rules will now be published in the official journal and member states given two years for implementation.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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