European Parliament votes against controversial copyright law

European Parliament votes against controversial copyright law

European Parliament votes against controversial copyright law

Indeed, earlier this week Italy Wikipedia shut down for a day in protest at the plans, which co-founder Jimmy Wales has described as "disastrous".

The second is article 13, which would require online platforms (YouTube, Instagram etc) to install filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted materials or seek licences to display content.

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.

They refused to give Voss a negotiating mandate.

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Similar ancillary copyright laws have previously been enacted in Germany and Spain - and in the latter market, where the licensing requirement was not flexible, Google News closed up shop entirely, leading, say critics, to decreased traffic referrals to Spanish news sites. Until then, it seems that freedom of speech on the internet is safe, allowing users to meme it up without worry.

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

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.

'Be transparent towards rightholders and shall inform rightholders of the measures employed, their implementation, as well as when relevant, shall periodically report on the use of the works and other subject-matter'.

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Proponents of the reform, like Europe's Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SACEM) and former Beatles star Paul McCartney, believe the law would put more money in the hands of the creators.

David El Sayegh, the secretary-general of PRS's French counterpart, Sacem, comments: "This vote is a setback but it is not the end".

The Privacy Shield deal governing transatlantic data flows should be suspended if the United States doesn't comply by 1 September, the European Parliament has said. "I look forward to supporting colleagues in that and will continue to be active in efforts to strike a balance that works for everyone", explains Alyn Smith MEP, SNP member of the European Parliament for Scotland.

The executive director of the Open Rights Group Jim Killock welcomed the decision.

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

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