EU countries back copyright reform targeting Google, Facebook
The European Union’s bid to overhaul its two-decade old copyright rules cleared its final hurdle on Monday as EU governments backed the move forcing Google to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook to filter out protected content.
Nineteen countries, including France and Germany, endorsed the revamp while Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden were against. Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia abstained.
The European Parliament gave its green light last month to a proposal that has pitted Europe’s creative industry against tech companies, internet activists and consumer groups, triggering intense lobbying from both sides.