European MEPs Reject Controversial EU Copyright Bill

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EU news Jean-claude juncker parliament protest

The other controversial article, number 11, had proposed online platforms pay publishers a fee if they linked to news content.

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".

"Internet giants have deceived consumers, European citizens and the majority of the European Plenary assembly by misrepresenting a campaign based on real economic and remuneration issues as a threat to freedom of expression, a deceitful campaign created to mask their true intention-to preserve their advertising revenues", it said. The amended report will be presented to the full Parliament for another vote in September.

Wikipedia went down in at least three countries on Wednesday in protest aagainst the European Parliament vote.

The two most disputed aspects of the reform are an effort to boost revenue for hard-up news publishers and a crackdown on the illegal use of copyrighted material on tech platforms such as Google-owned Youtube or Facebook.

A series of high profile figures had joined the campaign against the proposals, including comedian Stephen Fry, British inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and co-founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales. 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.

Various companies including Mozilla and Wikipedia have voiced their concerns online ever since the proposed "Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market" copyright laws became public, and it looks like some of the members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have heard those complaints. "All MEPs will get to vote on #uploadfilters and the #linktax September 10-13", she said in tweet.

"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".

By way of a quick recap, the crux of the directive's perceived flaws lay in Article 13 and Article 11. The European Parliament should not forsake the opportunity to reverse the trend and set the scene for tomorrow's European creation.

Reda said the result was a "great success" and called on those against upload filters and the link tax to "keep up the pressure" until the issue is revisited in September.

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