Monday, 19 November, 2018

The European Parliament rejected the Directive on copyright in the Internet

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
Sherri Watson | 07 July, 2018, 15:30

A total of 318 MEPs voted against opening the secret talks this Wednesday, with 278 voting favour and 31 abstaining.

"Ardent copyright campaigners and those who benefit from free-riding on publishers' and other creators' content will no doubt be lobbying for the total deletion of the proposed Publisher's neighbouring Right (Article 11)", suggest the authors.

In case of approval of the Directive such major online platforms like Youtube, Google and Facebook would be required to verify information that is published on a possible copyright infringement. "All MEPs will get to vote on #uploadfilters and the #linktax September 10-13", she said in tweet.

"The draft law, known as the Copyright Directive, was intended as a simple update to copyright for the internet age".

"Internet giants have deceived consumers, European citizens and the majority of the European Plenary assembly by misrepresenting a campaign based on real economic and remuneration issues as a threat to freedom of expression, a deceitful campaign created to mask their true intention-to preserve their advertising revenues", it said.

The copyright machines, as activists called the upload filters for copyrighted content, would also drastically increase the legal liabilities of all content platforms operating in the European Union (EU). Google was really upset with this reform after already having to shut down Google news service in Spain due to a similar law.

Julia Reda, the Pirate MEP who has fought harder than most to scrap Articles 11 and 13, celebrated the vote. Today was D-Day for the web as we know it.

The link tax would make any publisher pay for referring to another article, even if that means sending traffic to the original source.

"The European Parliament will now be able, in an open debate, to improve the text and defend freedom of expression ahead of the next elections", said Diego Naranjo, Senior Policy Advisor at EDRi.

Sir Paul concludes with a plea for MEPs to support the changes, writing: "You hold in your hands the future of music here in Europe".

Whilst speaking for the victorious "no" campaign, Jim Killock, big kahuna at the Open Rights Group said: "Round one of the Robo-Copyright wars is over". They've heard the massive opposition, including Internet blackouts and 750,000 people petitioning them against these proposals. "Great success: Your protests have worked!"