Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

European Parliament votes against controversial copyright law

European Parliament votes against controversial copyright law

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.

BPI, which represents the UK's music industry and hopes to see the proposed law succeed, said: "We will work with MEPs over the next weeks to explain how the proposed Directive will benefit not just European creativity, but also internet users and the technology sector".

In a 318-278 decision, European Union lawmakers elected to send the legislation back to committee for review, and a new vote is expected in September. Another 31 lawmakers abstained, according to Politico.

Thursday's decision opens up the possibility for MEPs to introduce amendments to the parliament's text.

Now, the entire house of 751 MEPs will get involved and spend the summer drafting new amendments to the file.

The proposal will be voted upon again in September, following any modifications which may make it more likely to be passed.

Issues with the deal, which was rushed through in summer 2016 after its predecessor Safe Harbor collapsed, were raised during the first annual review of Privacy Shield past year.

They refused to give Voss a negotiating mandate. "It is the end of exploitation of European artists on the internet", said Voss.

"What is it that we are talking about?"

"We are trying to find a good solution, it is not very easy", he said. Article 11 would require...

"The EU Parliament has recognised that machine censorship of copyright material is not an easy and simple fix". Article 11, meanwhile, would force websites to pay publishers a fee if they showed any copyrighted content or link to it.

In the opposing camp Sir Tim Berners-Lee voiced the opinion that while it was only right that copyright holders should receive fair royalties the proposed rules threatened Internet freedoms.

There was mud-slinging from both sides.

Critics of the bill had focused on two articles. Voss and four other MEPs in favour of the overhaul criticised their opponents' "lies" and "fake news" during a press conference on Wednesday. "We can not stop the public pressure now".

But Wikipedia chief Jimmy Wales and Greens MEP Julia Reda, a leading campaigner on the issue, insist that it will. For now, the draft law has been sent back to the drawing board, but a new vote by the EP is coming between September 10-13.

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