Critics say the bill stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies. (Peter Endig/dpa via AP)
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The European Union has approved a copyright rule that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies. Artists, celebrities and tech experts have spoken out both in favor and against the EU directive, which the 28 member states are required to adopt as law and got final approval from the European Council Monday.Google said last year it spent more than $100 million on Content ID, its copyright management system for approved users on YouTube, where more than 400 hours of content is uploaded every minute.YouTube has warned of unintended consequences, saying that in cases where copyright is uncertain, it would have to block videos to avoid liability.More than 5.2 million people signed an online petition against the directive.The EU's member countries have two years to comply with the directive by drafting their own national laws.
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