European Parliament throws out dumb copyright law

EU interpreters strike parliament

At the plenary session of the European Parliament today, MEPs voted 303 to 223 in favour of a resolution that criticises the USA and the European Commission's approach to ensuring compliance. The first, a "link tax", would force platforms like Google and Wikipedia to pay content creators before linking to their work.

The so called "link-tax" (Article 11) would also prevent online content-sharing platforms and news aggregators sharing links without paying for them.

The next vote will take place from 10 to 13 September 2018.

As reported by NV, the European Union has approved a new draft Directive of the European Union (EU) on the protection of copyright. According to critics, the article would have required every image, piece of text, sound file and code snippet uploaded to the web to go through a filtering system. 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.

European Parliament rapporteur Axel Voss said after the vote: "I regret that a majority of MEPs did not support the position which I and the Legal Affairs Committee have been advocating".

Julia Reda, the Pirate MEP who has fought harder than most to scrap Articles 11 and 13, celebrated the vote.

Debate is in the EU Parliament is set for September.

Although primarily meant to prevent the online streaming of pirated music and video, the broad scope of Article 13 could have covered any copyrightable material, including images, audio, video, compiled software, code and the written word.

Facebook said: "We hope that the debate going forward will focus on the original mission of protecting copyright and ensuring a vibrant marketplace for content creation".

By contrast, musician Paul McCartney voiced his support for the legal text, in an open letter to MEPs.

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". The "massive opposition" has been heard, from the "internet blackouts" and the petition going 750,000 strong. We congratulate our members for their hard work, and Julia Reda, Catherine Stihler, EDRi and others who have led the fight in Europe to stop these awful proposals. "Now let's keep up the pressure to make sure we Save Your Internet!".

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