The EU's dodgy Article 13 copyright directive has been rejected


The European Union rejected a piece of controversial legislation today (July 5) that would have made it harder for companies like Wikipedia and Google to distribute content online.

Of the 627 deputies who participated in the vote, 318 of them voted against and 278 were in favor of the reforms.

The legislation proposes a "link tax", requiring companies such as Facebook or Google to pay a news source for any stories they link.

Wikipedia went down in at least three countries Wednesday in a protest at an upcoming European Parliament vote on a highly disputed law that could make online platforms legally liable for copyrighted material put on the web by users. The two main amendments which drew criticism were Article 13 and Article 11.

Axel Voss, the German MEP who attempted to bring in the directive, said internet organisations had used false arguments against the copyright law.

McCartney wrote to MEPs accusing some internet platforms of refusing to compensate artists for their work "while they exploit it for their own profit". Earlier this week, Italian, Spanish, Estonian, Latvian, Polish, French, and Portuguese versions of Wikipedia blocked users from accessing pages on their sites in order to raise awareness about the copyright directive and to encourage users to contact their representatives.

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In June, Jimmy wells, the founder of Wikipedia, has joined more than 100 inventors and engineers to urge the European Parliament not to vote in support of the new rules.

Conversely, Open Rights Group leader Jim Killock congratulates the EU Parliament for its recognition that "machine censorship of copyright material is not an easy and simple fix".

As many as 70 computer scientists, including the creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, 169 academics and 145 human rights, press freedom, and scientific research organisations join hands with Wikipedia in opposition of the proposed law.

By way of a quick recap, the crux of the directive's perceived flaws lay in Article 13 and Article 11.

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