YouTube could escape billions in copyright payouts after EU vote

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Lawmakers reject overhaul of rules that aimed to make tech giants share revenues

Paul McCartney




Europe’s broadcasters, publishers and artists such as Paul McCartney back the overhaul of the copyright rules.
Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

EU lawmakers have voted to reject an overhaul of copyright rules that aimed to make tech giants such as Google’s YouTube and Facebook share revenues with publishers, broadcasters and artists.

The proposed revamp has triggered strong criticism from the Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, the world wide web inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, the net neutrality expert Tim Wu, the internet pioneer Vint Cerf and others.

Europe’s broadcasters, publishers and artists such as Paul McCartney back the overhaul, saying it would level the playing field for content holders.

A total of 318 law makers voted against opening talks with EU countries based on the proposal, while 278 voted in favour and 31 abstained.

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