More and more countries are trying to extend the law to Facebook and Google On July 24 France was the first European country to amend its legislation on copyrights to add on the EU law approved several months ago. The new law outlines that online platforms have to sign copyright agreements with authors before uploading their content. Platforms like Google’s YouTube and Facebook’s Instagram will also have to integrate filter features for copyright-content. AFP quoted French Minister of Culture Franck Riester as saying, “We can be proud to be the first country to enshrine the EU directive in the national law. This text is absolutely essential for our democracy and the survival of an independent and free press.” In late May, the European Parliament and the European Commission approved the new copyright law, which will require the two largest cross-border platforms hosting user-uploaded content to strike licensing deals with creators so they are paid when people share their content from 2021 onwards. The law would apply to all content creators, including music and film producers, but also newspapers and magazines. The move is meant to hold tech platforms accountable for the content their users share, and to try to return… Read full this story
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