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Controversial copyright reform : EU member States find a compromise formula

The controversial Reform of the EU Copyright has taken an important hurdle. The EU countries agreed late on Friday evening by a majority on a compromise with which you want to go in the next week in the negotiations with the European Parliament, as several EU diplomats, the German press Agency in Brussels, said. The negotiations are scheduled for next Tuesday, said a diplomat, the day could change but still.

the basis of the agreement was a compromise between Germany and France, the two countries a few days ago, had achieved. 20 countries voted on Friday in favour, 7 against and one abstained. There were only slight Changes.

Basically, the Copyright is to Reform and adapt the EU copyright to the digital age. Through article 13, the platforms should be taken, such as YouTube, more responsibility, less copyright-protected works to land illegally in the network. In addition, the performance of protection is right for press publishers in the focus. News to search engines like Google News may not thereafter without Additional Headers or cut-outs of press releases in its results display. You need a permission of the publishers and eventually would have to pay for it.

The agreement between Germany and France provides for special arrangements for smaller platforms

that platforms are less than three years, with a turnover of less than ten million euros and five million users in the month, of article 13.

The Federal Association of German newspaper publishers (BDZV) and the Association of German magazine publishers (VDZ), welcomed the agreement reached on Friday. "The proposal of the presidency brings with it significant improvements to the Text and thus offers a unique opportunity for a robust protection of press releases in the digital world," it said in a joint statement. "The upcoming trilogue (between the European Council, the EU Commission and the European Parliament) there is now the historical Chance to bring copyright law into the digital age and thus more balance between the powerful commercial Internet giants and the free press."

If the countries of the EU Parliament in the coming week with Europe, could the success of the Reform even before the European elections end of may. The Parliament, however, had already expressed concerns about the Franco-German compromise. dpa/Tsp

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