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EU Policymakers Sanction Copyright Reforms, May Impact Google, Facebook

European policymakers have sanctioned sweeping copyright reforms that can have extensive results for the business models of tech titans such as Google and Facebook. The law is targeted at bringing the EU’s (European Union) regulations on copyright in the 21st century to aid publishers and artists whose works have been extensively dispersed on the internet. A first interpretation of the new copyright instruction was passed in Strasbourg by policymakers at the European Parliament. It still requires to be approved by ministers at the COE (Council of Europe), an institution that brings jointly the different EU ministers as per to their portfolios. The intended reforms (in development since 2016) have caused a heated spat that pits large tech firms counting Google, Facebook, and Twitter against media firms and artists.

Google has been chiefly critical of the law, which intimidates to affect the business of YouTube (its video sharing service) and Google News (news aggregation platform). After the vote in the European Parliament, the tech titan stated that the new regulation has seen advancement from a previous draft, but will still cause legal uncertainty and hamper the creative industries. A representative for the company said, “The details concern and we look ahead to work with lawmakers, creators, publishers, and rights holders as the EU members reports to implement these new regulations.”

Lately, Google was in news for creating an external advisory board to observe it for unethical use of AI (artificial intelligence). Google in recent time declared a new advisory board to aid in monitoring the tech giant’s use of AI for ways in which it might infringe ethical standards it laid out in the last summer. The panel was declared by Kent Walker—Google’s Senior Vice President for Global Affairs—that includes expertise on a broad-ranging series of subjects, counting computer science, mathematics, philosophy, engineering, psychology, public policy, and even foreign policy.