Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

European Parliament rejects controversial copyright law that proposed 'link tax'

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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 European Parliament has today heard the voice of European citizens and voted against proposals that would have dealt a hammer blow to the open internet in Europe", said Raegan MacDonald, Mozilla's head of EU public policy.

He went on: "From the outset our primary focus of this legislation has been concerned with whether or not the internet functions as a fair and efficient marketplace - and now, for artists and authors, it doesn't".

World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales are among the critics of the proposed measures, who argue that the impact will fall most on ordinary users of the internet.

The project was supported by 278 MPs voted against 318, 31 abstained. Earlier this week, supporter Paul McCartney penned a letter to MEPs, saying "Music and culture matter".

If the articles do not pass September's vote, they may very well be trashed, at least for now. Copyright is a controversial topic with vested interests new and old.

There was mud-slinging from both sides.

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"Today s vote represents a victory for democracy", said Siada El Ramly, head of EDiMA, a lobby representing Google, Facebook and other USA tech giants.

German MEP and vice president of the Greens-European Free Alliance, Julia Reda, said that this would give Parliament the "opportunity to replace the text with less far-reaching objectives".

"There is no "censorship machine", "upload filter", or "robocopyright".

About a dozen MEPs interrupted the European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg on Tuesday in support of striking interpreters who were immediately ordered back to work.

Every political group in the Parliament was divided, with MEPs voting in favour and against the bill.

The issue will return on the plenary agenda in September.

"It is perhaps unsurprising considering the unprecedented level of lobbying and the comprehensive campaign of misinformation which has accompanied this vote that MEPs want more time to consider the proposals".

MEP Marc Joulaud denounced "a lobbying campaign of unprecedented violence orchestrated by USA tech giants".

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