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European Union member states approve controversial Article 11 and Article 13 copyright reforms

17 April 2019, 05:40 | Glen Norman

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Additionally, EU Member States finally adopted new rules to make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programmes on their online services available across borders.

Following the signature and publication of the directive in the Official Journal of the European Union, member states will have 24 months to transpose the new rules into their national law.

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Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden opposed the reforms. The UK, Germany and France were among the countries that voted in favour of the reforms. Furthermore, since April 1st 2018, Europeans who buy or subscribe to films, sports broadcasts, music, e-books and games in their home Member State are able to access this content when they travel or stay temporarily in another EU country.

The good news? Nothing moves quickly in the EU. However, German ministers stressed in the minutes that "upload filters" would not be made mandatory in Germany.

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The most controversial part of the bill is Article 13 (later renamed Article 17), which makes tech and social media companies liable, forcing them to ensure copyrighted content is not uploaded on their platforms. In the new rules, platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube will be required to obtain licenses for copyrighted works from rights holders to host the content on their respective sites.

However, there remained a degree of controversy over the reform, with particular attention directed at Articles 17 and 15.

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The directive introduces a new right for press publishers for the online use of their publication. For example, the use of "snippets' of content will continue to be permitted without the need for permission from press publishers where the snippet constitutes a "very short extract" or "individual words".



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