EU member states back copyright directive

Wednesday, 20. February 2019 18:24

Permanent representatives of the countries of the European Union passed on Wednesday the proposed version of the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The Romanian presidency of the EU, which reached the provisional agreement with lawmakers in Brussels, announced the endorsement by the body, called Coreper.

The document is going to the Council of the EU for official endorsement by the governments. Two top envoys abstained, while Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Poland were against the proposal. The directive obliges online platforms to pay holders of rights for content and block the uploading of copyrighted material. There are also exceptions, intended for text and data mining, online teaching activities and heritage. The 28-member bloc wants to introduce a framework for collective licenses. The measures will affect companies like Google Llc, subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp., Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc.

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