The EU just rejected legislation that threatened the open internet


The European parliament's rules state that if at least 10% of MEPs object to opening negotiations with the Council based on the text voted in committee, a plenary vote will be held. The former includes what has been dubbed by the opposition as a "link tax" whereby websites would pay a fee for printing excerpts of news stories or linking to them on other sites.

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. "I think we'll see a lot of damaging effects there", she said in the Next Web article.

"The broad scope of Article 13 could have covered any copyrightable material, including images, audio, video, compiled software, code and the written word", wrote James Temperton at Wired after the measure was voted down. Articles 11 and 13 pose a direct threat to the platform's ability to continue to operate while large tech companies have the resources to absorb the cost of the legislation, were it to become law-demonstrating the ways the bill would actually benefit the tech overlords it was meant to rein in.

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The protest is against the vote by European Union parliament's legal affairs committee which supported the reforms to the copyright laws.

That section, designed for the benefit of the entertainment industry, would require any online outlet where users can share content (everything from YouTube to dating sites) to create an automated system of filters to prevent the posting of copyrighted material.

"Secondly, such technological developments help to ensure the author's fair remuneration for their work". The draft law was firmly resisted by major US tech giants as well as advocates of Internet freedom.

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By contrast, musician Paul McCartney voiced his support for the legal text, in an open letter to MEPs.

'Everyone across Europe who wants this fixed will have to work hard to make sure that Parliament comes up with a sensible way forward by September'.

Jim Killock, Executive Director of digital rights campaigning body the Open Rights Group said: "Round one of the Robo-Copyright wars is over".

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The leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said that the protest had the full support of the government. "We need an Internet that is fair and sustainable for all", they said in a joint declaration.