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EU adopts controversial copyright reforms

AFP  |  Brussels 

countries on Monday adopted reforms championed by publishers and the business, but opposed by US tech giants like

EU countries adopted the reforms that were agreed last month by the European Parliament, they said in a statement.

"The new rules ensure adequate protection for authors and artists, while opening up new possibilities for accessing and sharing throughout the European Union," they said.

An EU source said Italy, Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg, the and voted against the controversial legislation.

The culmination of a process that began in 2016, the revamp to European legislation was seen as urgently needed as it had not been updated since 2001, before the birth of YouTube or

The reform was loudly backed by companies and artists, who want to secure revenue from that allow users to distribute their content.

But it was strongly opposed by and by Silicon Valley, especially Google, which makes from the advertising generated alongside the content it hosts.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 15:15 IST