European Parliament rejects EU copyright law

GETTYMatteo Salvini was a member of the ENF

GETTYMatteo Salvini was a member of the ENF

Four European Parliamentary committees (LIBE, ITRE, IMCO, JURI) have previously voted in favour of the legislation.

The legislation proposes a "link tax", requiring companies such as Facebook or Google to pay a news source for any stories they link.

The directive's other controversial article introduced an option for European Union states to require online aggregators to compensate publishers for reproducing parts of their news and information.

"All MEPs will get to vote on #uploadfilters and the #linktax September 10-13".

The most controversial point of the draft Directive is certainly the so-called "value gap" provision, which intends to ensure that right holders receive a fair remuneration for their creative work made public online by third parties. This requirement was attacked on the grounds that it would oblige social networks such as Facebook and YouTube to install filters to prevent the uploading of copyrighted materials. In essence, Article 13 asks every site to install a magic box of bullshit, precisely the sort of plan we've come to expect from technically ignorant politicians with lobby-lined pockets.

Likewise, on 20 June 2018, the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs ("JURI Committee") adopted its legislative report on the proposal.

Wikipedia went down in at least 3 countries on Wednesday, July 4, in a protest at an upcoming European Parliament vote on a highly disputed law that could make online platforms legally liable for copyrighted material put on the web by users. Google was really upset with this reform after already having to shut down Google news service in Spain due to a similar law.

"We have a 1st win!" the "Save the Internet" campaign said in a statement.

Earlier this week, UKIP leader Gerard Batten blasted the proposed laws, known as Article 13 and the "link tax" Article 11, as an attempt to "destroy the capacity for free speech" online.

Musician Sir Paul McCartney has urged MEPs to vote for the proposals in an open letter, saying that "we need an internet that is fair and sustainable for all".

Citizens have made themselves heard via thousands of emails and tweets, hundreds of calls and a petition signed by almost 1 million people.

"While fully respecting the decision of the European Parliament, I am proud to have stood on the side of Maltese artists and creators", Zammit Dimech said.

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