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MEPs to vote on controversial copyright law again next week

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:19 pm

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In July, MEPs voted against a plan to fast-track EU-wide copyright laws that would effectively have mandated filters on all uploaded content - two weeks after an EU committee voted 14 to nine to pass them. On that occasion, the MEPs voted by 318 to 278 to send the draft directive back to the drawing board over Articles 11 and 13. There were 31 abstentions

Article 11 would have created a new rule that would have severely restricted the right to quote or even link to other articles online without paying for the privilege.

Article 13, meanwhile, would have required all online content providers to rigorously police their platforms and to proactively take down any copyrighted material under pain of stiff fines.

These two articles will be amended in a renewed attempt to get the legislation on the books. Indeed, draft versions have been circulating among MEPs.

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