Facebook and Google (and memes) safe from copyright law - for now

Facebook and Google (and memes) safe from copyright law - for now

Between September 10-13, the EP will meet again to vote on the final changes of the law, which activists hope would no longer include Articles 11 and 13.

Technology leaders including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and free speech campaigners had been opposed to the changes, saying they risked creative sharing of content online including remixes and memes.

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

Article 11 - which proposes to create a neighboring right for snippets of journalistic content in order to target news aggregator business models, like Google News, which publishers have long argued are unfairly profiting from their work.

The vote will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday.

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.

He went on: "From the outset our primary focus of this legislation has been concerned with whether or not the internet functions as a fair and efficient marketplace - and now, for artists and authors, it doesn't".

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On February 6, 2012, a U.S. grand jury indicted the group, and the USA has sought their extradition ever since. Mr Dotcom and his co-accused have consistently denied the U.S. charges.

This could mean sites such as YouTube would have to vet user uploaded content or face hefty penalties.

There was mud-slinging from both sides. Voss and four other MEPs in favour of the overhaul criticised their opponents' "lies" and "fake news" during a press conference on Wednesday.

Precisely. And the Wikipedia community is not so narrow minded as to let the rest of the Internet suffer just because we are big enough that they try to throw us a bone.

Reda said the result was a "great success" and called on those against upload filters and the link tax to "keep up the pressure" until the issue is revisited in September.

"The EU parliament has recognised that machine censorship of copyrighted material is not an easy and simple fix".

There is significant opposition to the reforms and the vote is expected to be a close-run affair. The upcoming vote will involve a broader group of parliamentary members.

Lobbying campaigns are set to accelerate over July and August, when the Brussels policy agenda usually slows down as the Parliament and Commission head into recess.

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