European Union approves text that threatens internet giants

European Union approves text that threatens internet giants

Project predicts companies like Facebook and Google to share more revenue with European broadcasters, publishers and other creators

Companies criticize format in which text was approvedPixelabayEU lawmakers voted on Wednesday to force Google, Facebook and other technology companies to share more revenue with European media, publishers and other creators as part of a review of copyright rules.The European Commission, which began discussing the issue two years ago, says the review is needed to protect Europe's cultural heritage and create a level playing field between major online platforms and publishers, broadcasters and artists.Among the parliamentarians, 438 voted in favor and 226 against, with 39 abstentions.The next step is negotiations between the Commission and the 28 EU member states to reconcile differences before copyright laws are amended, with the final vote expected next year.French President Emmanuel Macron said the vote was a "breakthrough for Europe", while Digital Commission chief Andrus Ansip called it a strong and positive signal of reform to protect researchers, educators, writers an...


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