Parliament Puts a Halt to Link Tax and a Censorship Machine.. for Now

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The Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on copyright in the Digital Single Market was rejected by the European Parlament 318 to 278. The law can now be further discussed in the European Parlament and can be amended as needed.

What’s the significance of this vote?

The controversial parts of the law were Article 11 and Article 13. The condensed version is that they would require hosting sites to be liable for copyright infringement. This means that if someone posts a copyrighted image on a website, the website could be in trouble, along with the poster.

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This drew criticism from academics to internet activist alike, dubbing the articles a “Link Tax” and “Censorship Machine” respectively. In an open letter, activists argued that Article 13 would take “an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the internet from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users”.

While this is still a win for the Internet, it still does not stop here. The law will be open to debate and will be voted on again between September 10 and 13. If you disagree with these laws, make sure to get in contact with our MEPs.

Do you think the internet should be so heavily policed? Tell us what you think in the comments below. 

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