UKIP 'Saves the Internet': EU's Attack on Memes Voted Down, Delayed

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EU news Jean-claude juncker parliament protest

It put a greater responsibility on websites to enforce copyright laws, and would have meant that any online platform that allowed users to post text, images, sounds or code would need a way to assess and filter content.

The EU parliament is about to go on summer recess, but will resume debates about possible link taxes and upload filters in September.

Gesac (the European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers), which represents 31 collection societies, says the defeat marks a "missed opportunity to fix the current unfairness in the digital market once and for all".

World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales are among the critics of the proposed measures, who argue that the impact will fall most on ordinary users of the internet.

Of the 627 MEPs that voted, 278 supported Voss, while 318 voted against. Earlier this week, supporter Paul McCartney penned a letter to MEPs, saying "Music and culture matter". 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.

"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".

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The parliament said the United States should be given until 1 September to fix the issues.

The proposed laws come amid a sustained effort by the European Union (EU) to regulate expression online and were met with a 'Save Your Internet' campaign which united activists across the political divide.

Every political group in the Parliament was divided, with MEPs voting in favour and against the bill. September's plenary vote is likely to be similarly close.

Lobbying campaigns are set to accelerate over July and August, when the Brussels policy agenda usually slows down as the Parliament and Commission head into recess. "The proposals would have prevented people from sharing online content and there would have been unavoidable conflicts with fundamental rights".

Crucially MEPs will have the chance to amend the controversial proposals.

"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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