Saturday, 16 February, 2019

EU Parliament rejects sweeping internet copyright reforms

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Emmett Howard | 06 July, 2018, 22:27

Article 11 and 13 would, critics say, have made it impossible to share content legitimately, and could even change the way search engines work.

It comes despite artists including McCartney and opera signer Placido Domingo signing an open letter calling for politicians to back the change ahead of the vote.

But critics said the reform will lead to blanket censorship by tech platforms that have become an online hub for creativity, especially Youtube.

As a vote approached this week, Wikipedia shut down access to versions of its site in Spanish, Italian, and Polish as a protest and warning.

Had it passed in its current form, the law would have required online platforms such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook to monitor potential copyright infringements much more closely, while publishers, media, and artists would have gained more power to enforce copyright.

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Some 40 votes separated meme-killers (278 members of the European Parliament) from meme fans (that's 318 votes), according to VentureBeat, but the matter might not have been settled for good. There then follow negotiations with member states for a final position, during which the full extent of the law and whether it does apply to Wikipedia will be worked out. "Indeed, I laud and thank Francis Zammit Dimech for his crucial vote that will ensure that our youngsters will have recording opportunities in the future", he said in an interview with Maltatoday.

"These plans will now get the scrutiny and the public debate such sweeping measures deserve", she said. Lawmakers are looking for a balance between making sure that creators are being properly paid while not stifling free speech or digital innovation.

The Privacy Shield deal governing transatlantic data flows should be suspended if the U.S. doesn't comply by 1 September, the European Parliament has said.

"We want a more balanced text that protects copyright, fundamental freedoms and the indispensable freedom of the net", he said.

Andrus Ansip, the Commission Vice-President in charge of European Union technology policies, tweeted after Thursday's vote, "Let us now stop the lobby slogans & start looking for solutions".

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