Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
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European Parliament Rejects Copyright Reforms

European Parliament Rejects Copyright Reforms

A total of 318 EP members voted against the proposal, 278 voted for it, and 31 abstained.

That section, designed for the benefit of the entertainment industry, would require any online outlet where users can share content (everything from YouTube to dating sites) to create an automated system of filters to prevent the posting of copyrighted material.

The other controversial article, number 11, had proposed online platforms pay publishers a fee if they linked to news content.

Two weeks ago, European Parliament sent the media world into a frenzy by pushing legislation that threatened to dismantle the internet as we now know it.

MEP Catherine Stihler of Scotland made a short speech against the changes before the European Parliament vote. However it was pointed out that this was a link tax and problems with sentence fragments being used to link to other news outlets.


"This [law] will lead to excessive filtering and deletion of content and limit the freedom to impart information on the one hand, and the freedom to receive information on the other", wrote 57 rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, previous year in an open letter to European Union legislators. That could mean snippets of news, but also things like memes, which critics of the law say will endanger freedom of expression. Today was D-Day for the web as we know it.

It suggested websites could continue to house music videos but must use technology to ensure copyrighted works are not available where a licence has not been agreed for its use.

The vote on the measure is scheduled to take place on July 5. The "massive opposition" has been heard, from the "internet blackouts" and the petition going 750,000 strong.

Posting on Twitter, Julia Reda, an MEP for the German Pirate Party, and critic of the amendments, confirmed that protests were successful and that the EU Parliament had rejected the current versions of the amendments.

"The proposed copyright directive and its article 13 would address the value gap and help assure a sustainable future for the music ecosystem and its creators, fans and digital music services alike", said McCartney.

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