On February 13, 2019, new European Union copyright rules were established, which states various online platforms such as Google & Facebook will have to pay up creators & publishers for the content that shows up on their websites. However, this new move may shrink access to online media in Europe.
The latest rule could also mean publishers & producers of music may come for more money from Facebook and Google to compensate for putting up their news articles, videos, and songs.
However, if music producers & artists decline to allow platform licenses, tech firms will have no option but to bar or eliminate uploads. If platforms don’t bargain licenses with publishers or if they give up their rights, web firms won’t be in a position to show lengthier sections of news articles under headlines.
In 2016, the European Commission suggested the new rule and on Wednesday they agreed with the member states & European Parliament. The new rules will assist creators, artists, publishers & musicians to get remuneration for the usage of their work on online platforms.
European Umbrella association of authors & composers, GESAC’s Director General VA©ronique Desbrosses stated the legislation will let creators be paid adequately by big online platforms, who currently are channelling creative sector’s value at the same not compensating the creators.
Based on the new rules, European Union wants tech firms to bargain licenses for video clips or songs before they publish user uploads of content which includes them, & block or remove content which doesn’t have suitable permission.
Member of the European Parliament from Germany’s Pirate Party, Julia Reda stated that the legislation will alter the Internet as everybody knows it. Online platforms in the future have no option but to use upload filters that by their nature are costly and may have a lot of errors.
Furthermore, publishers are granted new rights to assist them in seeking payment from different types of online service which shows their articles’ snippets. However, publishers who frequently generate a lot of Internet traffic on their websites from social & search have the permission to waive their rights & allow platforms to show their work for free. Previously, the carve-outs were developed to assist web companies to grow at the start of the Internet, however, officials now want them to take more responsibility for the content created by their users, like hate speech, fake news & terror content. As of now, the contract on copyright is yet to be rubber-stamped by the European Parliament & bloc’s member states that is normally a formality.