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EU Parliament rejects sweeping internet copyright reforms

07 July 2018, 03:57 | Jodi Jackson

GETTYMembers of the ENF founded by Marine Le Pen have been asked to reimburse almost £500,000

GETTYMembers of the ENF founded by Marine Le Pen have been asked to reimburse almost £500,000

Currently, YouTube benefits from safe harbour loopholes in place in Europe.

"SAA and more than 18,100 signatories of the petition support the introduction of a very much needed new article establishing a principle of fair and proportionate remuneration for authors and performers from the exploitation of their works, including online (new Article 13c)", it noted.

The singer has joined more than 1,300 artists, including Placido Domingo and James Blunt, in calling for politicians to vote for change. The reforms consist of two major hiccups that pose a threat to free online expression and open internet.

However, supporters, such as musicians, believe the law will help close the "value gap", or the difference between what upload sites and services like Spotify and Apple Music pay artists.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Brit Awards, said: 'We respect the decision by MEPs to have a plenary discussion on the draft Copyright Directive.

Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.

"We're talking about the major United States platforms like Google and Facebook that have been making huge profits at the cost of European creatives". September's plenary vote is likely to be similarly close.

Wikipedia founder campaigned against the European Union proposals. Negotiations on the contentious copyright overhaul can start in September at the earliest.

Editor's note: Wikipedia and WikiTribune are separate entities. "If the proposal is approved, it may be impossible to share a newspaper article on social networks or find it on a search engine".

Article 13, meanwhile, is draconian that any website allowing users to post material will need some form of filtering in order to prevent copyrighted material from being uploaded. It describes the legislation as "well-intended" but ultimately risky.

"But Article 13 is not the right way to achieve this".

The full chamber will then be able to debate the bill, before its rapporteur Voss is sent to negotiate with the Council of the EU - which represents national governments - and the European Commission.

He said some of the commentary about the laws online was "going beyond what is acceptable". In other words, Article 13 and 11 would cripple the web as we know it, at least in Europe.

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