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After what seems like a lifetime for watchers of copyright reform in Europe, moves to close the so-called value gap in the region have taken a big step forward, following the European Parliament's vote to adopt a revised negotiating position on copyright rules.


  • Despite strong lobbying from tech companies and open internet advocates' claims that the sky would fall in on internet freedoms, the Parliament sided with musicians, performers, and authors, as well as news publishers and journalists, who have long argued that current legislation favors sharing platforms such as YouTube or Facebook.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the September vote at the European Parliament on the wording of the Copyright Directive.
  • Assesses what happens now and what the timeline is likely to be for future change in the region.

Key questions answered

  • What does the vote in the European Parliament mean for rights holders in Europe?
  • How long will it take before the likes of YouTube are legally required to negotiate new licensing deals with rights holders?

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  • Summary
  • Compromise wins the day in the Copyright Directive vote
  • Promoting cooperation without automation
  • The mechanics of what happens now


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