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Council of the European Union adopts EU copyright directive

BRUSSELS - The EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council on Monday adopted the EU Copyright Directive, which grants greater rights to content creators in relation to internet giants such as Google and Facebook.

Six member states voted against the directive -- Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Finland and Sweden, while Estonia, Belgium and Sweden abstained. The directive was supported by 19 members states.

The aim of the introduction of the EU Copyright Directive is to ensure a fair remuneration for creators of content on the internet, to protect everybody's creative freedom on the internet and ensure better availability of creative content across the EU. 

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