EU votes to block controversial copyright law that would ban memes

Ruben Fields
July 7, 2018

Of the 627 MEPs at the vote, 318 were against the proposal, 278 were in favor, and 31 abstained. A company like Google already has content filtering systems in place that it's spent a lot of money to implement, and it could pay the link tax if that became necessary.

Article 11 would create a new rule that would have severely restricted the right to quote or even link to other articles online without paying for the privilege. "All MEPs will get to vote on #uploadfilters and the #linktax September 10-13", she said in tweet.

The rules were aimed to bring the EU's copyright laws in line with the digital age. Arguably worse, opponents claim that the technology to support something as proposed in Article 13 simply isn't there: 'Algorithms that do content-matching are frankly awful at it, ' the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) Cory Doctorow claimed in a blog post arguing against the Articles.

WND reported in advance of the vote that the EU's committee on legal affairs supported the plan.

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.

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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. SACEM remains dedicated to ensuring that creators are recognised and remunerated for the value of their work.

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". But they should be listening to the kind of people that signed the letter of opposition along with Berners-Lee when they're crafting regulations.

CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, issued a similar statement, saying it "is disappointed at the European Parliament's rejection of its lead JURI committee's report on the draft legislation". Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.

The Minister of economic development, labour and social Affairs of Italy, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy, member of the "five star Movement" Luigi Di Maio said that he fully supported the protest.

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