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EU Parliament to vote on controversial copyright law

06 July 2018, 07:40 | Casey Mitchell

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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.

On the other side of the fence, technology leaders - like Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf - had been vehemently opposed to how the regulations would threaten the internet.

Members of the European Parliament, meeting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, voted 318 against the measure, 278 in favour, with 31 abstentions. Experts warned that such a system, which would rely on databases, would have no way of telling whether copyrighted material was being used legally under the "fair use" exceptions allowed by various countries.

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Article 11 and Article 13 were the most heavily debated portion of the Copyright Directive, with Article 11 attempting to prevent publishers from sharing links to sourced information without paying a royalty fee, and Article 13 placing an increased emphasis on copyright enforcement.

"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.

Earlier this week, a citizens' petition against the copyright legislation gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures.

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"Our protests have worked: The European Parliament is sending the copyright law back to the drawing board". The first, Article 11, calls for a "link tax" that would require popular websites to pay news organisations for linking to articles or using snippets of text. "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.

Lobbying campaigns are set to accelerate over July and August, when the Brussels policy agenda usually slows down as the Parliament and Commission head into recess.

Supporters of the legislation were quick to voice their disappointment.

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