EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook

An interior view of the Europa building's atrium in Brussels, Belgium, 09 December 2016. [EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ]

European Union countries on Wednesday (20 February) endorsed an overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.

A majority of EU diplomats agreed to the revamp while Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Poland refused to back the deal and two other EU countries abstained.

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