BRUSSELS: Internet giant Google on Monday (Mar 4) urged the European Parliament to resist approving a planned overhaul of the bloc’s online copyright law that the company said would hurt Europe for “decades to come”. Google says the proposed copyright overhaul ‘would be bad for creators and users’. (AFP/Lionel BONAVENTURE) European lawmakers could vote as soon as next week on the landmark legislation that is intended to modernise copyright for the digital age but has set off a furious lobbying war in Brussels. Tech giants, artistic creators and EU member states have battled for three years over the reform, with Google making a last-minute effort to dissuade MEPs from passing the law this month. The biggest stumbling block has been a provision that calls for Google-owned YouTube and other platforms to remove illegal content using automatic filters, or face massive liability. Despite certain benefits, this aspect of the reform “creates vague, untested requirements” that would lead to the websites “over-blocking content”, said Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs in a blog post. “This would be bad for creators and users, who will see online services wrongly block content simply because they need to err on the side… Read full this story
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