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Battle Lines Being Drawn in Google vs Music

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:53 am

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Will a new law require YouTube to negotiate licenses to host music? Google is busy fighting a proposal to do just that in front of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) while the music business is rallying hard against the internet giant.

Article 13 of the Copyright Directive proposes that all information society service providers (aka DSPs) shall ensure the functioning of agreements with rights holders for the use of their works, which was approved by European parliament’s legal affairs committee last week. A vote by MEPs on 7/5 will decide whether the proposal reaches the next stage.

In the meantime, Google has been accused of trying to manipulate the press into opposing the copyright rules. The FT reports that the search engine sent emails to publishers through its Digital News Innovation Fund—which supports digital journalism and innovation—saying the directive will impede the free flow of information and urging members to contact MEPs.

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