The European Parliament last Wednesday voted in favor of keeping tougher copyright rules which could significantly restrict the market power of tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.

Proposed two years ago, the EU’s Copyright Directive was intended to foist more responsibility on online platforms, forcing them to share profits with publishers as well as bear liability for copyright infringement online.

The Parliament’s decision was said to have been lauded by copyright holders. However, dissenting lawmakers may still force a vote at the general assembly next month.  

Source: Reuters

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