A revision of EU copyright rules has passed its final hurdle and will now come into force.
The rules contain a section called Article 1
It states that if users upload infringing content into a service, the involved tech company must either "seek permission from the copyright holder" or remove it quickly.
The United Kingdom was among the 19 nations that supported the law in its European Council vote.
But Poland was one of those who objected that this could pave the way to censorship on the Internet.
According to the sources of the EU, five other countries were also against the regulations – Italy, Finland, Sweden, Luxembourg and the Netherlands – while Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia included
Google had lobbying efforts against the introduction of the Law introduced.
At some point in its YouTube video streaming service, it had posted pop-up alerts warning of possible unintended consequences, including the blocking of some of its clips for members based in the EU.
In particular There were concerns that Memes could not be shared with excerpts from TV programs and films. However, subsequent legislative changes later made an exception to content used for "purposes of citation, criticism, review, caricature, parody, and pastiche."
However, there is still concern that smaller sites will have difficulty tracking down and paying copyright owners or developing content filters that automatically block suspicious material.
Another controversial rule requiring search engines and social media providers to pay news publishers to present excerpts of their content remains.
Wikipedia blackened four of its European sites in protest last month. He said the rules would make it harder to find information online, making it harder for volunteers to gather information.
But the European media industry leaders have welcomed the efforts.
"Publishers of all sizes and other makers will do it Now I have the right to set conditions for commercial re-use by third parties, as this is fair and appropriate," commented Xavier Bouckaert, President of the European Magazine Media Association. Helen Smith, Executive Chair of the Independent Music Companies Association, added, "It has been a long journey and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the discussion, and as a result, we now have a well-balanced text covering the rest of the world setting a precedent by hiring citizens and citizens Founders are at the heart of the reform and are introducing clear rules for online platforms. "
EU member states now have two years to transpose the rules into their national laws.