Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:45

EU govts give approval for tougher copyright rules Featured

EU govts give approval for tougher copyright rules Pixabay

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.


26-27 February 2020 | Hilton Brisbane

Connecting the region’s leading data analytics professionals to drive and inspire your future strategy

Leading the data analytics division has never been easy, but now the challenge is on to remain ahead of the competition and reap the massive rewards as a strategic executive.

Do you want to leverage data governance as an enabler?Are you working at driving AI/ML implementation?

Want to stay abreast of data privacy and AI ethics requirements? Are you working hard to push predictive analytics to the limits?

With so much to keep on top of in such a rapidly changing technology space, collaboration is key to success. You don't need to struggle alone, network and share your struggles as well as your tips for success at CDAO Brisbane.

Discover how your peers have tackled the very same issues you face daily. Network with over 140 of your peers and hear from the leading professionals in your industry. Leverage this community of data and analytics enthusiasts to advance your strategy to the next level.

Download the Agenda to find out more


Sam Varghese

website statistics

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.



Recent Comments