Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Wikipedia Protests EU’s Internet-Killing Copyright Initiative

Wikipedia Protests EU’s Internet-Killing Copyright Initiative

"We need to make sure that, in September, parliament votes for an update to copyright rules that protects creators' interests while also safeguarding the rights of internet users". There were 31 MEPs who abstained from the vote.

Article 11, dubbed the "link tax", would mean that publishers are entitled to fairer remuneration, preventing news aggregators such as Google News from providing links to their work free of charge.

Moreover, tracking the progress of the directive has proved hard since it was first proposed in September 2016, with the draft subject to multiple changes and revisions.

Two articles within the directive were causing the biggest headaches.

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It had been widely assumed that the Legal Affairs Committee was likely to be the EU Parliament's official stance as it headed into negotiations with EU countries on a common position.

The rejected proposals would have placed far greater responsibility on individual websites to check for copyright infringements.

"These new figures expose the fact that Google is acting like a monolithic mega-corp trying to submerge the truth under a tsunami of misinformation and scare stories pedalled by its multi-million propaganda machine". The measure would give publishers the ability to demand fees when internet companies show snippets of copyrighted news in online search results.

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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Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney sent a letter to MEPs on Wednesday asking them to support the legislation because "music and culture matter".

Worth mention here about 70 computer scientists, including the originator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, 169 academics and 145 human rights, press freedom, and scientific research organizations has come together with Wikipedia in protest of the proposed law.

The move ramps up the pressure on the agreement, which is already facing legal challenges, with politicos saying that the commission needs to suspend the deal unless the United States sorts its act out. The upcoming vote will involve a broader group of parliamentary members.

"For both European creators and consumers, it's vital to preserve the principles of linking, sharing and creativity on which so much of the web's success is built".

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Debate is in the EU Parliament is set for September.

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