Brussels, European Union (EU) lawmakers

today voted in favor of new copyright rules that could shake up the way

internet companies use media, books, music and other content posted

online.

The lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, voted by 438 to 226 to

back a report aimed at shielding the rights of the authors or creators of

works like books, films or computer software.

German lawmaker Axel Voss, who chaperoned the report

through the assembly, said the vote is a good sign for the creative

industries in Europe.

Media and publishers say the changes would help them get paid

for their work. Opponents say they are too hard to put into effect, and

might lead to filtering or even greater control over the internet.

If the assembly has its way � the changes must still be

endorsed by EU member states� online platforms would be liable for

copyright infringements. That would include snippets where only a

small part of a news publisher’s text is displayed.

Lawmakers believe the text contains provisions to ensure that

copyright law can be respected without limiting freedom of expression.

Wikipedia and open source software platforms would not be affected,

the Associated Press (AP) news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency