EU Commission Approves New Copyright Laws

April 15th, 2019

The European Commission has approved new laws concerning an overhaul of copyright law, making online platforms liable for copyright infringement on their sites and forcing companies like Google and Facebook to pay publishers for the information they repost.  “It was a long road and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the discussion,” says IMPALA executive chair Helen Smith. “As a result, we now have a balanced text that sets a precedent for the rest of the world to follow, by putting citizens and creators at the heart of the reform and introducing clear rules for online platforms, “By adopting this landmark text, the EU has proved itself a leader in terms of delivering a fair, open and sustainable internet. This text clarifies the position of platforms, building on European case law. It is a first of its kind, and sets an example for other countries across the globe.”

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