European Union rejects controversial copyright law

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It was the collaboration of all that opposed the legislation, from celebrities such as musician Paul McCartney and web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to the dedicated public that helped MEPs get this win under their belt.

Of the 627 MEPs at the vote, 318 were against the proposal, 278 were in favor, and 31 abstained. "Without appropriate regulation, the will of the Internet giants will be imposed unsparingly on the artists".

"I wouldn't consider the vote as a surprise since we knew all along that there was a split between MEPs on this sensitive issue", said Maltese MEP Francis Zammit Dimech to Lovin Malta. "We congratulate our members for their hard work, and Julia Reda, Catherine Stihler, EDRi and others who have led the fight in Europe to stop these terrible proposals".

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

Immediately after the vote, interest groups started flooding mailboxes with press statements.

"We are talking about the major U.S. platforms like Google and Facebook that have been making huge profits at the cost of European creatives".

The banner asks people to go to and contact respective MEPs to convince them to vote against the reform.

Julia Reda, the Pirate MEP who has fought harder than most to scrap Articles 11 and 13, celebrated the vote.

Lionel Bently, professor in intellectual property law at Cambridge University, told WikiTribune that overall, we would have seen a "less interesting internet" if it had gone through.

For the wider music industry, article thirteen of the directive is the most important, it reforming the safe harbour that music rights companies reckon user-upload platforms like YouTube have been exploiting to score unfair licensing deals.

The other controversial part, Article 13, could have potentially made an even bigger impact on the internet.

"There is no "censorship machine", "upload filter", or "robocopyright". This is often described by opponents as a death sentence for internet memes, which by their nature are usually derived from images created by others, but it would affect many other types of content as well. September's plenary vote is likely to be similarly close. "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".

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