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EU lawmakers back copyright reforms targeting Google, Facebook

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Published on March 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:23s

EU lawmakers back copyright reforms targeting Google, Facebook

EU lawmakers have endorsed an overhaul of the bloc's two-decade old copyright rules, which will force Google and Facebook to pay publishers for use of news snippets and make them filter out protected content.

Pascale Davies reports.

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EU lawmakers back copyright reforms targeting Google, Facebook

A two-year debate that has pitted artists against the big internet companies has come to a conclusion.

EU lawmakers voted to overhaul the bloc's two-decade old copy right rules on Tuesday, Which will force the likes of Google and Facebook to pay publishers for the content they use and make them filter out protected material.

Brussels says the reforms would improve conditions for writers, journalists, musicians, and actors, whose content the online platforms benefit from.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) EPP VICE-CHAIRMAN, ESTEBAN GONZALEZ PONS, SAYING: "Contrary to what has been said, these directives and regulations will not destroy the internet, they will strengthen it and they will make it much fairer which is only right and proper because it can't be a wild-west area where there is no law." At a march in Germany on Saturday, protesters voiced their concerns that the reforms would require internet companies to filter out protected copy - that the companies say would delete too much content.

(SOUNDBITE) (German) PROTESTER, CHRISTIAN BREITER, SAYING: "The workings of this filter must be explained.

How something is reported, how long it takes, and how soon it disappears." Google warns the reforms will hurt the bloc's creative and digital economies and cause legal uncertainty.

The sector is worth a trillion dollars a year and accounts for nearly 12 million jobs.

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