Sir Paul McCartney calls on MEPs to back European Union copyright law change

Doris Richards
July 8, 2018

On June 12 a group of 70 leading figures from the internet world, including world wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, wrote an open letter to European parliament president Antonio Tajani urging a rethink.

The Legal Affairs Committee will have to come up with a new draft to be examined by the European Parliament during the next plenary session in September. "The European Parliament has sent the copyright law back to the drawing board".

"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.

BPI, which represents the UK's music industry and hopes to see the proposed law succeed, said: "We will work with MEPs over the next weeks to explain how the proposed Directive will benefit not just European creativity, but also internet users and the technology sector".

Almost half (278) of the Parliament voted in favour of the proposals, and just 31 members abstained from the vote.

"We're talking about the major USA platforms like Google and Facebook that have been making huge profits at the cost of European creatives".

Article 13: This would hold most content sharing platforms responsible for licensing (or, failing that, blocking) any copyright-protected material.

The banner asks people to go to and contact respective MEPs to convince them to vote against the reform. "We need to prevent that", Voss said.

If successful, user-generated content services like YouTube will have to obtain music licences, and can no longer hide behind Europe's safe harbour provisions, which protect them from liability if users upload content without rights-holders' permission.

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

"The mechanisms in Article 13 (2) are weak compared with, [for example] the U.S. DMCA".

This was a core concern of critics: the copyright proposal would end up hurting smaller publishers and consumers instead, as this happened when similar laws were enacted in Germany and Spain.

"There is no "censorship machine", "upload filter", or "robocopyright".

The issue will return on the plenary agenda in September.

"We are confident that the European Parliament will eventually support a framework that fully acknowledges the rights of creators in the digital landscape of the 21st century".

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