EU nations back copyright reforms targeted at Facebook, Google

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EU nations back copyright reforms targeted at Facebook, Google

On Wednesday, the 20th of February, the EU countries endorsed a reform of the eurozone’s copyright rules, which would force the internet service provider such as Facebook and Google to pay the publishers for news snippets and to scrap copyright protected contents from YouTube and Instagram.

Regarding the overhaul of bloc’s copyright protection rules aimed at mostly on Facebook and Google, a majority of European Union diplomats agreed to back the reform, while Finland, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherland and Poland refused to back the deal, alongside two other EU countries abstained themselves of voting.

The European Commission and European Parliament sealed a deal last week in order to protect the eurozone’s cultural heritage and to ensure that its publishers, artists and broadcasters are being fairly compensated.

The deal came forth two years after the EU executives had proposed the changes in the bloc’s copyright protection rule. Romania, which is currently holding the EU presidency on a rotation basis, said in a tweet on Wednesday (February 20th), that the copyright agreement had been approved by the EU council, as majority of EU countries had backed the deal.

On the flipside, the opposing nations said that the proposed changes could linger the innovation and hurt EU’s competitiveness in the digital market.