European Parliament rejects copyright bill

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On Thursday, a plenary session of the entire parliament voted by 318 votes to 278 to reject the legal affairs committee's fast-tracking approach.

The directive was widely criticized online with critics saying that this would add burdens to platforms by potentially restricting their content, and urging them to pay a "link tax", by ways of a license to news outlets.

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.

"I regret that a majority of MEPs did not support the position which I and the legal affairs committee have been advocating", says German MEP Axel Voss.

Although primarily meant to prevent the online streaming of pirated music and video, the broad scope of Article 13 could have covered any copyrightable material, including images, audio, video, compiled software, code and the written word. All MEPs will get to vote on upload filters and the link tax September 10-13. But it attracted substantial criticism for the inclusion of two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13.

The most controversial point of the draft Directive is certainly the so-called "value gap" provision, which intends to ensure that right holders receive a fair remuneration for their creative work made public online by third parties.

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".

Other protests are expected over the next two days before the vote, on 5 July, and European Union citizens are urged to contact representatives in Parliament to Express their disapproval. "These terms are being used by anti-copyright and pro-tech campaigners to try to hold onto the old world and avoid sharing revenues properly", the group said.

He continued: "They've heard the massive opposition, including Internet blackouts and 750,000 people petitioning them against these proposals".

Julia Reda, a Pirate Party MEP who helped start the campaign, tweeted: "Great success: Your protests have worked!" We encourage all those involved to tone down the rhetoric and make sure that threats of physical violence, or even death, are never acceptable.

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