FEP president thanks 'everyone who has contributed to the debate with a spirit of consensus and driven by the will to bring forward solutions'
The European Council (EC) has approved the directive on copyright in the digital single market. The move follows the backing of the directive in the European parliament last month.
The directive requires websites that host user-generated content to take measures to prevent copyrighted material from being uploaded without permission, under the penalty of being held liable for their users' copyright infringements. It contains provisions aimed at making companies such as Google pay licensing fees to publications from which work is aggregated for news services.
Member states will have up to two years to implement the directive. In theory, the UK will have left the EU by then, but British businesses providing services inside the zone will still have to comply.
Federation of European Publishers president Rudy Vanschoonbeek (above) said: "If you are looking to develop solutions for your authors and readers, the adoption means that you can work constructively with researchers, teachers, libraries and of course your authors to establish, if they don't exist yet, results that will benefit all. As president of FEP, I wish to thank everyone who has contributed to the debate with a spirit of consensus and driven by the will to bring forward solutions."