Saturday 16 December 2017

Facebook wants more legal protection over copyright breaches by users

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

FACEBOOK is calling for the country’s laws protecting the rights of authors, musicians and film makers to be made more "flexible".

The social networking site, which employs around 300 people here, does not produce any content itself – that is done by its 875 million users.

But it wants stronger legal protection so that it can avoid being sued if users post copyrighted material such as books, music or films on their Facebook pages –or put up links to such material.

In its submission to the copyright law consultation process set up by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, Facebook specifically mentioned that it employed “several hundred" people in its international headquarters in Dublin.

And it said it had helped created 4,500 jobs in Ireland, and added approximately €400m in value to the economy.

Facebook said that updating our copyright law would encourage future digital entrepreneurs and cultivate an ecosystem of Irish innovation.

But Facebook’s arguments for changes in the copyright law is being opposed by other groups who are producing content – such as Screen Producers Ireland.

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