On Monday, EU copyright law reform received the support of most EU member states, thus clearing the last obstacle. For the new copyright law, 19 EU member states, including France and Germany, supported the reform, while Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden voted against it, while Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia abstained.
Today, members of the European Parliament have given a green light to the new regulations. But the new law is going to take effect, and it needs the seal of the European Council, which usually takes several months.
The new regulations will cover 7,000 online companies, including e-commerce markets, app stores, social media and price comparison tools. Google’s three major products are Google Play, Shopping and Search, Apple’s App Store,MicrosoftStore and Bing, Amazon Markets Marketplace, eBay, Fnac Marketplace, Facebook Instagram, Skyscanner, Yahoo! and DuckDuckGo will all be affected by the new regulations.
The scientific and technological community welcomes the adoption of new regulations by the European Parliament today. The technology company lobby organization EDiMA said: "This new regulation will make a positive contribution to the realization of the digital single market, and will also strengthen online trust and predictability."
EDiMA members include Amazon, Apple, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla.