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JURI supports link tax but plenary can still fix copyright   Am 21. Juni 2018 - 17:21 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Last Wednesday on June 20, the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) voted on the Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive. Unfortunately, the ancillary copyright for press publishers as stipulated in article 11 was adopted with only little suggested changes. But it looks like this has not been the final vote yet.

Slim majority for article 11

JURI rapporteur Axel Voss (EPP, Germany) has always been a strong supporter of a publishers' right. With his initial compromise amendment, he had taken the Commission's proposal to the extreme by heavily extending its scope. However, he must have failed to receive enough support for this position. This would at least explain why he presented a second and eventually a final third version of his compromise amendment to the other JURI members just a few weeks later. The extreme aspects were erased and the scope of the new right was even narrowed, so that he felt safe to put it to vote.

With a slim majority of 13:12, Voss's compromise amendment was adopted. As a consequence, all other amendments that aimed at deleting article 11 altogether or turning it into a presumption rule were automatically rejected. It comes as no surprise that most of Voss's EPP buddies joined his position. But who really is to blame are the two members of the right-wing nationalist group ENF whose only goal from the beginning was to cause as much harm to the EU as possible. Voss relied on their support to win the vote.

Discussions might be reopened in the plenum

The JURI committee also agreed to grant Voss the mandate to go to negotiations with the EU Commission and the EU Council. Fortunately, MEP Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany) who is one of the harshest critics of article 11 within the European Parliament has already declared to challenge this mandate. All she needs is the support of 75 other MEPs. Together, they can trigger a plenary vote which means that each of the 750 members of the European Parliament will have to decide if they reject Voss's mandate for trilogue negotiations.

If the majority does, the discussions on the Parliament's position on the copyright directive will be reopened in the plenary. MEPs will then have the chance to table new amendments and call for the deletion of article 11. For more information on the procedure see this article from the #SaveYourInternet campaign website.

This protest vote could already take place within the next two weeks. This means that all MEPs need to be encouraged to oppose the mandate and to oppose the publishers' right. Make them aware of how dangerous, misguided and useless it is.

JURI has adopted link tax   Am 20. Juni 2018 - 13:11 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today at 10:48, the JURI Committee of the European Parliament has adopted the compromise amendment of rapporteur MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany) concerning article 11 with a 13:12 majority. All amendments calling for its deletion have thus been rejected. Now there is only the plenary of the European Parliament that has the power to overturn the plan of introducing an EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers. The fight for a free internet is not over!

Sascha Lobo: "Such a nonsense law"   Am 19. Juni 2018 - 12:03 Uhr von Redaktion

With the ancillary copyright, some publishers want to get a digital money printing machine from politicians – soon also at the EU level. How did we come to this? Weiter

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Take a minute to #SaveYourInternet   Am 12. Juni 2018 - 17:23 Uhr von Tom Hirche

In eight days, the Legal Affairs Committee will finally vote on its compromise amendment for the upcoming copyright directive. This will be followed by the whole plenum of the European Parliament voting on a common position. Your and everybody else's internet freedom is at stake. Act now, get in touch with your MEP and #SaveYourInternet. Weiter

LIBE Committee remains silent on link tax   Am 21. November 2017 - 1:00 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has finally voted on its opinion on the Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive. While problematic provisions for mandatory content filtering have been tackled, the Committee did not take any stand when it came to the ancillary copyright for press publishers aka the link tax. Weiter

IMCO supports link tax – several MEPs did not attend the vote   Am 8. Juni 2017 - 21:06 Uhr von Tom Hirche

This morning, the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) voted on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive (2016/0280(COD)) as the first of five committees. The outcome is of great significance to the other votes that are yet to come. Unfortunately, the ancillary copyright for press publishers is still very much alive. Weiter

Reda report adopted! Amendment rejected!   Am 9. Juli 2015 - 19:40 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the European Parliament voted on MEP Julia Reda's report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC (InfoSoc). The results were clear.

The plenary adopted the report with a broad majority (445/549). Now the upcoming copyright reform by Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger cannnot only focus on cross-border trade but also on reforming exceptions to copyright protection. Furthermore, the amendment tabled by Angelika Niebler (EPP) was rejected! She - backed by 81 other MEPs - tried to insert text into the report calling for the introduction of an EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers. Fourtunately, the effort was shut down with 379 votes against. Although 142 MEPs demonstrated that they still have not understood the pure nonsense of such an ancillary copyright, the vote is another victory on keeping the right to link.

Or als Julia Reda puts it:

This should be the final blow to the idea of introducing at the European level a law to cross-finance news publishers which has already failed spectacularly in Germany and Spain.

We can only hope that she is right. As the report is non-binding and Oettinger has not come to a final conclusion, an ancillary copyright for press publishers is still not off the cards. The fight is not over yet!

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