European Union takes first step towards passing controversial copyright law

Cloud and smartphones over map of Europe

However, most other companies are then totally fucked, because they simply can not comply in any reasonable manner. So why is it that the European Parliament seems hellbent on handing the internet over to American internet companies?

The committee also strengthens the negotiating rights of authors and performers, enabling them to claim additional remuneration from the party exploiting their rights when the remuneration originally agreed is "disproportionately" low compared to the benefits derived from the exploitation of the work.

Key changes will include a right for publishers to claim compensation for snippets of their news and content being published by aggregators such as Google.

"The importance of today's vote can not be overstated; this proposal is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a new balance in the online world", said Helen Smith, the executive chair of the European music body Impala, which represents labels behind acts including Adele, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand. The law would essentially mean a few tech companies in the USA censoring the internet. Total advertising spend in the United Kingdom grew by 4.6 per cent to a record £22.2bn past year. "Those platforms are really monopolising the market for access to cultural content on the internet", said Veronique Desbrosses, general manager for GESAC, a European umbrella association of author groups.

"We call on all MEPs to follow Mr Voss's lead when they come to vote in plenary".

Earlier this year 169 academics working in the fields of intellectual property, internet law, human rights law and journalism signed a letter against such publisher's rights laws, saying that such laws would "impede the free flow of information that is of vital importance to democracy".

Criticism has focused on two articles of the proposed new law.

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"Article 13 must go", Jim Killock, the executive director of the Open Rights Group, a digital rights organization, said in a statement.

Article 13 or mandatory upload filtering would require online platforms such as YouTube, GitHub, Instagram and eBay (EBAY.O) to install filters to prevent users from uploading copyrighted materials or seek licenses to display content.

Activist Cory Doctorow has called it a "foolish, awful idea".

Doctorow told Press Gazette: "It is a catastrophically bad plan. This proposed link tax will give them even less".

"The issues it could pose for European newspapers is anyone's guess". Twitter and Facebook can either stump up for licenses or boycott European Union news outlets, as previously happened in Germany.

"It is about copyright and making sure creators and their partners get a fair share of the value they create".

"Unlike GDPR where I could see good and bad parts, there is nothing to like here".


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