EU Parliament rejects opening copyright law update negotiations

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Indeed, a total of 627 MEPs voted on the directive, with 278 MEPs backing the directive, but 318 were against (there were 31 abstentions). 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.

New media publishers would also be required to pay news organizations for the right to share articles and other copyright-protected content. This will allow the 751 MEPs to propose amendments in September and call for the deletion of the notorious Article 13.

"The draft law, known as the Copyright Directive, was intended as a simple update to copyright for the internet age". The latter would have seen the creation of an automated copyright filter that would flag and potentially ban uploaded media no matter of its original source.

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If passed, Article 13 will force all websites to check any and all posts for copyright violations.

In late June, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee approved a version of the law that contains these elements, and said it wanted to move forward to the next stage of the legislative process-negotiations with European countries. But it attracted substantial criticism for the inclusion of two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13.

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. The org previously argued the reforms would have resulted "in the censorship of free speech online and a disintegration of the internet as we know it". The file will now be debated and subject to a vote during the September plenary session.

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Collecting society CISAC said it just wants its authors and composers to have a fair income when their work goes online.

Musician Sir Paul McCartney has urged MEPs to vote for the proposals in an open letter, saying that "we need an internet that is fair and sustainable for all".

The Open Rights Group's Jim Killock also cautioned that the plans hadn't been defeated, once and for all. They've heard the massive opposition, including Internet blackouts and 750,000 people petitioning them against these proposals.

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The leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said that the protest had the full support of the government. "Now let's keep up the pressure to make sure we #SaveYourInternet!"