EU parliament approves contentious online copyright reform
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The decision in Strasbourg to clamp down on big Internet platforms was heavily lobbied both by publishers and free speech advocates. Switzerland is not yet directly implicated.
The first post-summer sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday was marked largely by the unprecedented decision of MEPs to sanction Hungary for its recent democratic backsliding.
Less headline-grabbing, but perhaps just as consequential, was the widespread approval of an ambitious reform of EU copyright rules, a reform that could have big implications for online media across the continent, including in Switzerland.
The reform – the first time Brussels is updating copyright laws since 2001 – aims to adapt to the digital age by tipping the scales back from big online platforms like Google and Facebook to the ‘content creators’ that feed them:musicians, photographers, journalists.