European Parliament Rejects Copyright Reforms

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But the war is far from over.

Hitting out at the claims made by those who oppose the directive, and especially articles eleven and thirteen, GESAC President Anders Lassen said: "This vote was never about censorship or freedom of speech".

Much of the debate revolved around the most contentious article of the bill, article 13, which aims to give fair remuneration to creators vis-a-vis internet platforms.

McCartney wrote to MEPs accusing some internet platforms of refusing to compensate artists for their work "while they exploit it for their own profit".

Actor-comedian-writer Stephen Fry was also anxious about article 13, which he said "threatens European Union creators, leaving us vulnerable to censorship in copyright's name".

Sir Paul McCartney is among those supporting the contentious legislation; he believes the change would safeguard the "sustainable future for music".

The link tax would make any publisher pay for referring to another article, even if that means sending traffic to the original source. "Members have understood that the proposed upload filters and the "link tax" would unduly limit how users can participate and express themselves online and serve only special interests", she added.

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Whilst speaking for the victorious "no" campaign, Jim Killock, big kahuna at the Open Rights Group said: "Round one of the Robo-Copyright wars is over".

The Privacy Shield deal governing transatlantic data flows should be suspended if the U.S. doesn't comply by 1 September, the European Parliament has said.

The European parliament's rules state that if at least 10% of MEPs object to opening negotiations with the Council based on the text voted in committee, a plenary vote will be held.

"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".

"We are talking about the major U.S. platforms like Google and Facebook that have been making huge profits at the cost of European creatives".

In its current form, the law places more responsibility on individuals who upload problematic content. Platforms such as YouTube or Facebook aren't legally responsible, as long as they can show they're making a good-faith effort to police such content and responding quickly to requests to take it down. But several dozen MEPs drew on the rarely-used Parliament rule number 69c to challenge the committee decision.

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