Thursday, July 05, 2018

EU Parliament votes down draconian Copyright Directive articles 11 and 13, sending them back for revision before another vote in September

European Members of Parliament in Brussels have rejected the two most controversial provisions of the proposed Copyright Directive.  They will go back to negotiation for another possible vote in September.

The BBC has a news story now . I expect to see an article on Ars Technica today (keep checking). The vote was 318-278 (EFF twtter).
Article 13 might have required Content-ID style checking of all uploads, even text. Article 11 would have imposed a link tax, or at least allowed countries to set up a licensing mechanism to even quote snippets of news stories for newspapers in their countries.  This did not work out very well for Spain.

The link tax was motivated by the supposed unfairness of the way social media sites link news before sending it to users.  But blogs like this one (through labels and tags) also aggregate news.  Some observers in the publishing industry see this as unfair to newspapers and contributing to revenue loss and job loss.  But newspapers can easily put up paywalls, which many do.
In fact, I’ve advocated consolidated paywalls, where newspapers get together and offer deals to consumers.

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