The EP Rejected the Controversial Copyright Directive

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They argue that the rules would be reasonably applied in the limited interests of maintaining legitimate and willful copyright violations, and that sufficient exceptions have been added to prevent the contingencies opponents warn of.

If the vote goes ahead on Thursday, the legislation would be put forward for debate among European Union legislators and member states before being enforced, although MEPs will be able to object. The vote re-opens the draft directive for debate and, potentially, a radical re-write.

Though the EU Commission claims that the amendments don't affect Wikipedia directly but Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia tweeted that the commision is trying to mislead people. The former includes what has been dubbed by the opposition as a "link tax" whereby websites would pay a fee for printing excerpts of news stories or linking to them on other sites.

Arguably worse, opponents claim that the technology to support something as proposed in Article 13 simply isn't there: 'Algorithms that do content-matching are frankly awful at it, ' the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) Cory Doctorow claimed in a blog post arguing against the Articles.

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Moreover, tracking the progress of the directive has proved hard since it was first proposed in September 2016, with the draft subject to multiple changes and revisions.

MEPs voted by a margin of 40 votes to stop progress in negotiations to the update that would give media and publishers better remuneration in the digital age.

"Instead of helping journalists, it resulted in larger publications benefiting from the new publishers' rights".

Conversely, Open Rights Group leader Jim Killock congratulates the EU Parliament for its recognition that "machine censorship of copyright material is not an easy and simple fix".

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The Malta Independent reached out to MEP Dr Francis Zammit Dimech regarding the rejection of this copyright law, as he has been outspoken is his support for its passing. Some had raised concerns that it would, if enforced, pose a threat to memes that make use of copyrighted material.

"Today s vote represents a victory for democracy", said Siada El Ramly, head of EDiMA, a lobby representing Google, Facebook and other United States tech giants. These proposed rules would be a compliance nightmare for the free online encyclopedia, which relies heavily on fair use of media content and freely shared images.

"We are confident that the European Parliament will finally approve what is right for the future of the EU's economy, competitiveness and fundamental values against these global forces", Lassen said.

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