January 20, 2019

European Parliament rejects draft copyright reform, new vote planned for Sept

07 July 2018, 08:15 | Cameron Gross

GETTYMembers of the ENF founded by Marine Le Pen have been asked to reimburse almost £500,000

GETTYMembers of the ENF founded by Marine Le Pen have been asked to reimburse almost £500,000

At the plenary session of the European Parliament today, MEPs voted 303 to 223 in favour of a resolution that criticises the United States and the European Commission's approach to ensuring compliance.

However, MEPs from France who had staunchly backed fast-tracking the reform, were furious after the vote. "We are ready to defend this compromise and convince our colleagues for the vote in September".

Italy Wikipedia blacked out its content earlier this week to protest the changes. But a quick agreement between the three institutions after that seems far off.

Moreover, tracking the progress of the directive has proved hard since it was first proposed in September 2016, with the draft subject to multiple changes and revisions.

The vote comes just wo weeks after an European Union committee voted 14 to nine to waive them through.

He said the bill would mark "the end of the exploitation of European artists on the internet".

By way of a quick recap, the crux of the directive's perceived flaws lay in Article 13 and Article 11.

If the new EU copyright law passed in its current form, it may have pushed many foreign companies over the edge and completely block EU citizens from uploading content on their platforms as well as stop all references to EU media. 13 article requires any Internet site to be responsible for the content published by their users.

Article 11 and Article 13 were the most heavily debated portion of the Copyright Directive, with Article 11 attempting to prevent publishers from sharing links to sourced information without paying a royalty fee, and Article 13 placing an increased emphasis on copyright enforcement.

The controversy over the new copyright directive stems from two vague but incredibly consequential pieces of the legislation.

In the days leading up to the plenary decision, lobbyists in favour and against the copyright overhaul amped up their campaigning.

It was the collaboration of all that opposed the legislation, from celebrities such as musician Paul McCartney and web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to the dedicated public that helped MEPs get this win under their belt.

The European Parliament (EP) has taken note of the criticism raised by a large numbers of individuals, civil society groups, creators, academics and the World Wide Web's inventor against the Censorship Machine. One petition generated 20,000 signatures from creators.

There was mud-slinging from both sides. "We can not fast-track such an important legislation".

Reda said the result was a "great success" and called on those against upload filters and the link tax to "keep up the pressure" until the issue is revisited in September.

There is significant opposition to the reforms and the vote is expected to be a close-run affair.

Supporters of the legislation were quick to voice their disappointment.

The Agence France-Presse (AFP) noted that major U.S. tech giants also campaigned against the proposed rules.

Today's parliament vote is not final, but only sets out the negotiating position of MEPs.

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