European Union lawmakers decide to not ruin the internet

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This means that, after the summer break, the Parliament will hold new debates on the law in September, and the directive may still be amended before it goes through to those negotiations with member states.

Members of the European Parliament, meeting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, voted 318 against the measure, 278 in favour, with 31 abstentions.

Proponents of the reform, like Europe's Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SACEM) and former Beatles star Paul McCartney, believe the law would put more money in the hands of the creators.

Filters or content recognition technologies, Cambridge's Bently told WikiTribune, are "well known to over-block, so the likelihood is that creative and free expression may not make it online". ZDNet's Steven Vaughan-Nichols argues that the law would "wreck the internet".

McCartney wrote to MEPs accusing some internet platforms of refusing to compensate artists for their work "while they exploit it for their own profit".

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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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.

"Great success: Your protests have worked!"

"But the fight is far from over".

Responding to the vote in Parliament this morning, GESAC - which represents song right collecting societies across Europe - said it saw this outcome as "a missed opportunity to fix the current unfairness in the digital market once and for all, despite nearly two years of thorough discussions and overwhelming evidence presented". "It is perhaps unsurprising, considering the unprecedented level of lobbying and the comprehensive campaign of misinformation which has accompanied this vote, that MEPs want more time to consider the proposals", says Ashcroft.

"The European Parliament has today heard the voice of European citizens and voted against proposals that would have dealt a hammer blow to the open internet in Europe", said Mozilla's head of EU public policy Raegan MacDonald.

The Independent Music Companies Association, supportive of article 13, said there was "a massive disinformation campaign going on" and spoke of "scaremongering".



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