Commission European Parliament votes for controversial ‘upload filter’




Committee for Legal Affairs of the European Parliament voted Wednesday for a controversial provision in the Copyright Directive, which according to critics amounts to an ‘upload filter’. The committee also voted for the link tax provision.

MEP Julia Reda, an opponent of the provisions, has announced that the committee voted by a majority of 15 to 10 votes for the provision in article 13 of the directive . This provision requires Internet platforms to filter and block content that users upload when there is a copyright infringement.

The provision has released much criticism, so several Internet pioneers recently alarmed that such an obligation is a serious threat to the open internet. The Netherlands and Belgium, among others, expressed criticism because the provision may be in conflict with the freedom of expression. According to Reda, it is not too late to make any changes, but then in the plenary session of the European Parliament.

According to Reda , the legal case committee has also voted for a provision that she refers to as ‘link tax’. This refers to Article 11 of the Directive, which gives news publishers additional rights to publish and reproduce news items. This provision has also attracted the necessary criticism, including from a group of academics . Reda explains that this provision may have consequences for short news snippets , for which a license fee would have to be paid.

The civil rights organization EDRi has published an overview of the steps that are still needed to come to a different outcome. For example, negotiations may still take place and the final vote of the European Parliament will probably follow in December this year or January next year.


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