News Media Alliance Applauds European Parliament for Creating Copyright Protection of Digital News

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The News Media Alliance, representing over 2,000 news organizations in the United States and globally, applauds the European Parliament’s decisive vote today for the new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The Alliance is encouraged that the measure adopted today by the Parliament includes a strong version of Article 11 that would give European press publishers the right to protect their content, including snippets, against unauthorized uses online.

The Members of the European Parliament adopted the Directive by a vote of 438–226. Following the vote today, the Parliament can now start negotiations with the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on terms of the final Directive, which is expected in early 2019.

“This is a great day not only for news publishers in Europe, but all over the world,” stated David Chavern, President and CEO of the News Media Alliance. “The European Union is showing strong leadership in protecting the sustainability of high-quality journalism, and we hope that other countries follow suit in leveling the playing field between news publishers and online services. We encourage the EU to conclude the negotiations swiftly and to preserve a strong Article 11 in the final Directive.”



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