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EU copyright upgrade scheduled for Monday



(Reuters) – EU countries agree on a review of the block's two decades old copyright rules next week and require Google to pay newsletter and Facebook publishers to filter out protected content, despite increased resistance from some governments.

The European legislator in the European Parliament gave the European Commission proposal thumbs up last month, which wants to protect Europe's creative industry, which costs EUR 915 billion annually and employs 11.65 million people.

The update has been marked by intensive lobbying from technical companies worried about the administrative burden and battle for their revenues and by artists, publishers and artists seeking fair compensation.

The new rules would force Google and other online platforms to enter into licensing agreements with musicians, artists, writers, news publishers, and journalists to use their work online.

Google's YouTube, Facebook Instagram and other hard platforms must also install filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted material. Critics say that this could be affected by small-scale small businesses instead of the technical giants.

Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have said that they will vote against the reforms on Monday, a move that is unlikely to trace the proposal unless a large EU country weighs in to form a blocking minority.

"We regret that the directive does not strike the right balance between the protection of rightholders and the interests of EU citizens and companies", the countries, with the exception of Sweden, said in a statement.

Belgium and Slovenia will abstain while Estonia said it could not get an idea, because the government had only come to power.

                    


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