The European Parliament approved changes to digital copyright rules Wednesday designed to protect the content of publishers and artists on the Web, advancing a contentious battle between tech companies and creative industries over the future of free expression and intellectual property online.
The Parliament voted 438 to 226 to allow news outlets to claim payments from tech platforms when they host copyrighted material. Web platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, would also be liable for copyright violations that may occur when users upload content that is owned by authors, musicians, songwriters and other content creators, according to the rules.
EU copyright law may force tech giants to pay billions to publishers
Music companies, film-makers and media publishers could be in line for billions in payouts after EU lawmakers voted to accept controversial changes to copyright rules that aim to make tech companies including Facebook and Google share more of their revenue.
The proposed legislation, that surfaced two years ago with the aim to update copyright for the digital age, has unleashed a ferocious lobbying war pitting the likes of Paul McCartney, Placido Domingo, Adele and film-makers including Mike Leigh, against the Silicon Valley giants and their respective supporters, including internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
EU lawmakers back publishers over tech giants on copyright
European Union lawmakers voted on Wednesday to force Google, Facebook and other technology firms to share more revenues with European media, publishers and other content creators in a shake-up of copyright rules.