Congress approves by a large majority to process the European transposition of copyright as a bill, which opens the door to changes
Congress approved this Thursday the validation of the royal decree law that transposes the European directive on copyright in the digital single market into Spanish legislation. However, it also agreed to its processing as a bill, which leaves open the possibility of introducing amendments. ERC showed its rejection of the validation, which had the abstention of PdeCAT, EHBildu and PNV. On the contrary, PSOE, PP, United We Can, Cs and Vox supported that it is processed as a bill to introduce modifications to it.
With this processing, the text could introduce changes in the articles of the law, a demand of the sector, which considers that, as the norm came from the Council of Ministers, it violates the rights of authors, creators and publishers against the interests of large digital technology platforms.
The regulations now allow technology giants such as Google or Facebook to reach agreements individually with press editors for having their content in their search engines and news aggregators. Cedro, which defends the interests of authors and publishers of books, newspapers and magazines, wants a “compulsory” collective management because, in its opinion, individual agreements “end up weakening copyright.”
The decree eliminates the obligation for the media to negotiate collectively with digital platforms, a condition required by Google to re-enable its Google News news platform, which it plans to do at the beginning of the year.