Memes, remixes and other user-generated content could disappear online if the EU's proposed rules on copyright become law, warn experts.
The European Parliament has rejected a proposed update to its 2001 Copyright Directive, after passing the initial vote at the legal affairs committee on June 20.
MEPs voted by a margin of 40 votes to stop progress in negotiations to the update, which gives media and publishers better remuneration in the digital age. Internet activists have said this will restrict internet freedom, describing the proposal as creating a “censorship machine.”
The issue will be re-visited later this year.
Julia Reda, a Pirate Party MEP who had campaigned against the legislation, tweeted: “Great success: Your protests have worked! The European Parliament has sent the copyright law back to the drawing board.”
Prior to the vote, across Europe, the Italian, Spanish and Polish language version of Wikipedia went black in protest. More than 70 internet pioneers including World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, and Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle signed an open letter against the change.
A petition against the reforms led by critical MEPs called “Save Your Internet” gathered more than 700,000 signatures.
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