Wikipedia down in several countries in EU law protest

GETTYMatteo Salvini was a member of the ENF

GETTYMatteo Salvini was a member of the ENF

Between September 10-13, the EP will meet again to vote on the final changes of the law, which activists hope would no longer include Articles 11 and 13.

Of the 627 deputies who participated in the vote, 318 of them voted against and 278 were in favor of the reforms. In a 318-278 decision, European Union lawmakers elected to send the legislation back to committee for review, and a new vote is expected in September.

The Commission first proposed the legal overhaul in September 2016.

"I regret that a majority of MEPs did not support the position which I and the legal affairs committee have been advocating", says German MEP Axel Voss. This will allow the 751 MEPs to propose amendments in September and call for the deletion of the notorious Article 13.

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He said the bill would mark "the end of the exploitation of European artists on the internet".

"These new figures expose the fact that Google is acting like a monolithic mega-corp trying to submerge the truth under a tsunami of misinformation and scare stories pedalled by its multi-million propaganda machine". Moreover, it doesn't deal with false copyright claims, which are now frequently used under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to take down perfectly legitimate content from websites. That section, designed for the benefit of the entertainment industry, would require any online outlet where users can share content (everything from YouTube to dating sites) to create an automated system of filters to prevent the posting of copyrighted material.

Mozilla, which campaigned heavily against the proposal, said the result was great news for Europe's citizens. Among the other subscribers in the letter was Vint CERF, one of the "fathers of the Internet", Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web.

The move ramps up the pressure on the agreement, which is already facing legal challenges, with politicos saying that the commission needs to suspend the deal unless the USA sorts its act out.

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"Our protests have worked: The European Parliament is sending the copyright law back to the drawing board".

Monique Goyens, director general of the European Consumer Organisation, said in a statement on Thursday that "MEPs have a chance to correct a heavily unbalanced report and make copyright work for both consumer and creators".

"The rejection, for now, of the mandate means the Parliament has another few months to get it right", said Alyn Smith MEP, SNP member of the European Parliament for Scotland.

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