Euro­pean Par­lia­ment adopts po­si­tion on dig­i­tal copy­right rules

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e Euro­pean Par­lia­ment has voted to ap­prove a po­si­tion for talks with mem­ber states to ham­mer out a nal deal on dig­i­tal copy­right rules. e mea­sure was ap­proved Sept. 12 by 438 votes to 226, with 39 ab­sten­tions.

Many of the par­lia­ment’s changes “aim to make cer­tain that artists, no­tably mu­si­cians, per­form­ers and script au­thors, as well as news pub­lish­ers and jour­nal­ists, are paid for their work when it is used by shar­ing plat­forms such as YouTube or Face­book, and news ag­gre­ga­tors such as Google News,” a news re­lease from the par­lia­ment said.

Par­lia­ment’s po­si­tion tough­ens the EU Com­mis­sion’s pro­posed plans to make on­line plat­forms and ag­gre­ga­tors li­able for copy­right in­fringe­ments. is would also ap­ply to snip­pets, where only a small part of a news pub­lisher’s text is dis­played, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment re­lease said.

“ is is a great day not only for news pub­lish­ers in Europe, but all over the world,” said David Chav­ern, CEO of the News Me­dia Al­liance, which rep­re­sents over 2,000 news or­ga­ni­za­tions in the U.S. and glob­ally.

“ e Euro­pean Union is show­ing strong lead­er­ship in pro­tect­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity of high-qual­ity jour­nal­ism, and we hope that other coun­tries fol­low suit in lev­el­ing the play­ing eld be­tween news pub­lish­ers and on­line ser­vices. We en­cour­age the EU to con­clude the ne­go­ti­a­tions swiftly and to pre­serve a strong Ar­ti­cle 11 in the nal direc­tive,” Chav­ern said.

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