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French copyright law implemented, with consequences for YouTube, Facebook and others

By Matthew Newman
  • 12 May 2021 11:15
  • 16 May 2021 05:30

A French copyright law has been passed today that aims to ensure that digital platforms such as YouTube and Facebook pay rights holders when their music and videos are played online.

The law is a transposition of a key provision under the EU Copyright Directive, which came into force in June

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Matthew Newman

Chief Correspondent


Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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