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European Parliament backs copyright changes

14 September 2018

Since then, those advocating for the changes amended the provisions ahead of today's vote.

Proponents of the measures say that they'll serve as a useful tool against massive technology companies whose current business models they believe are hurting some companies and industries.

The issue has drawn attention from notable figures in both the tech and media worlds, including internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, former Beatles star Paul McCartney and French DJ David Guetta.

In the event, it was the supporters who held the day. In this case, in the short term there will be only one victor: large [tech] platforms. But two parts of it, Articles 11 and 13, have been criticized for stifling small companies and introducing a "meme ban". The impact, its critics say, could mean a substantially more closed internet of the future.

"Requirements for platforms to filter all user uploaded content will likely result in a reduced user experience and the over-removal of legitimate content". News outlets have been referring to these as "censorship machines,"; others have declared Article 13 as starting a "war on memes" since these filters could easily end up flagging the endlessly-shared, slightly-altered images.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voting on the reform Wednesday.

After the vote, European Commission Vice-President for the digital single market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for digital economy and society Mariya Gabriel also welcomed the outcome. If this is limited, free discussion would also be limited, Kamden added.

While the aims of the Copyright directive proposals were understandable, the method that has been adopted will not achieve the stated objectives.

The creation of a new press publication right (Article 11) - which would make it easier for press publishers to obtain licence fees where their content (including relatively short snippets) is used on news aggregators and other online platforms.

Leaders of the EU's member states still need to sign off on the rule changes before the individual countries have to draft local laws to put them into effect.

The directive is an optional implementation across the EU.

The Internet knowing no borders, however, it's possible that lawmakers in Bern will consider similar measures to the European Union at some stage in the future, intellectual property lawyer Anne-Virginie La Spada told the Le Temps newspaperexternal link - "if the European Union experiment is conclusive".

European Parliament backs copyright changes