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MEPs reject EU copyright law changes backed by Sir Paul…

MEPs reject EU copyright law changes backed by Sir Paul…

Article 11 - which proposes to create a neighboring right for snippets of journalistic content in order to target news aggregator business models, like Google News, which publishers have long argued are unfairly profiting from their work. "Today's vote represents a victory for democracy", said Siada El Ramly, head of EDiMA, a lobby representing Google, Facebook and other U.S. tech giants.

The overhaul of European copyright law is divided into several sections, one of which is the reform criticised by Wikipedia and others who have warned it will lead to blanket censorship by tech giants. For now, the draft law has been sent back to the drawing board, but a new vote by the EP is coming between September 10-13.

The other is mandatory upload filtering, which would require online platforms such as YouTube, GitHub, and Instagram to install filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted materials or seek licenses to display content.

Wednesday, July 4, in three European Union countries - Spain, Italy and Poland - was suspended Wikipedia in protest against the proposed changes.

Had it passed in its current form, the law would have required online platforms such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook to monitor potential copyright infringements much more closely, while publishers, media, and artists would have gained more power to enforce copyright.




Critics, who include world wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, say that the directive would turn the internet into "a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users". "I look forward to supporting colleagues in that and will continue to be active in efforts to strike a balance that works for everyone", explains Alyn Smith MEP, SNP member of the European Parliament for Scotland.

The project was supported by 278 MPs voted against 318, 31 abstained. The "massive opposition" has been heard, from the "internet blackouts" and the petition going 750,000 strong.

By way of a quick recap, the crux of the directive's perceived flaws lay in Article 13 and Article 11. We need an internet that is fair and sustainable for all. We encourage all those involved to tone down the rhetoric and make sure that threats of physical violence, or even death, are never acceptable.

Debate is in the EU Parliament is set for September. This will allow the 751 MEPs to propose amendments in September and call for the deletion of the notorious Article 13.


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