New copyright rules for the internet

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 7 June 2021

What changes?

New copyright rules for the internet will be established. These new rules are meant to reduce the differences in in copyright within the European Union (EU). These rules should also ensure better protection for creators of images and music. Furthermore as many people as possible should be able to access content on the internet.

The main changes are:

  • Internet platforms are liable for content uploaded by users. This means they should make sure that illegally uploaded films, videos, music and texts cannot be shared.
  • Large platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Google should pay for copyrighted videos, photos or music uploaded by their users. This also applies to Google News which reuses news articles from media.
  • Platforms will not be held directly responsible for unlicensed material as long as they have ‘made careful and optimal efforts’ to keep the material off the platform.
  • The rules allow for exceptions for ‘citation, criticism, caricature, parody or pastiche’.
  • Certain content, such as memes and GIFs, is specifically excluded from the regulation.
  • Hyperlinks to news articles along with ‘individual words or very short extracts’ may be shared freely.
  • Journalists should receive a portion of all copyright related income from their publisher.
  • For starting platforms a lighter regime applies.

For whom?

  • internet platforms
  • musicians
  • artists
  • film producers
  • script writers
  • news publishers
  • journalists


This change in regulation will come into force on 7 June 2021.

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