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European Parliament passes copyright reform bill

The European Parliament has passed the EU’s copyright reform bill 348 votes to 274, reports the Bookseller.

The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market aims to update digital copyright laws for the internet age and is the first major revamp of copyright rules in 18 years. Among the changes under the new rules, creators will be offered greater protection against intellectual copyright infringement, with platforms to be held legally responsible for all content they host.

The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) president Rudy Vanschoonbeek welcomed the vote. ‘I wish to thank all the MEPs who have, with today’s vote, given real support to European creators and taken an important step towards securing a future of diversity and innovation in the creative sectors,’ said Vanschoonbeek. ‘This directive, the most hotly contested I have ever seen, will modernise copyright and bring certainty to stakeholders in a number of important areas.’

UK Society of Authors CEO Nicola Solomons said the directive will ensure creators are properly remunerated when their work is used online. ‘It will also benefit creators by introducing new transparency obligations for publishers and other users, by introducing bestseller clauses and by enabling reversion of rights which are not being exploited. It has taken us many years to get to this stage, and we have had to compete against a well-funded lobbying effort from US tech giants.’

Each EU member state has two years to rewrite their own laws to comply with the directive.

 

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