Majority vote against the free internet

Molly says she is hugely disappointed that a majority of MEPs backed new copyright laws ‘against the free internet’ [1]. Greens opposed the new laws and supported over 5 million people who signed a petition against them.

In particular, Greens and MEPs from other political groups had repeatedly presented alternatives to the controversial Article 13 on upload filters and Article 11 on ancillary copyright for press publishers. However, a centre-right coalition, including UK Tories, and many socialists supported the new laws.

Molly said:

“The new copyright laws that Parliament voted for today threatens the free internet as we know it: algorithms cannot distinguish between actual copyright infringements and the perfectly legal re-use of content for purposes such as parody.

“This means the loss of much of the creativity on the internet we currently enjoy. We strongly support the goal of fair remuneration for artists and cultural creatives, but this deal will rather protect the corporate publishers of their work. Until we have the right deal we believe we should not risk the freedom of the internet that allows creativity to flourish.

“Many people have contacted me to raise deep concerns about this legislation. I am hugely disappointed that so many MEPs have let them down.”

Notes

[1] Results of which MEPs from which political groups voted in favour of and against the new copyright laws can be found on page 50, 51 for the amendment which covers the text as negotiated by the Council, Commission and the Parliament here

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