"European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee Gives Green Light to Harmful Link Tax and Pervasive Platform Censorship"

Timothy Vollmer has published "European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee Gives Green Light to Harmful Link Tax and Pervasive Platform Censorship" in the Creative Commons Blog.

Here's an excerpt:

Today, the European Parliament the Legal Affairs Committee voted in favor of the most harmful provisions of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. . . .

The committee voted 13-12 in favor of Article 11, the provision known as the "link tax," which grants an additional right to press publishers requiring anyone using snippets of journalistic content to first get a license or pay a fee to the publisher for its use online. Article 11 is ill-suited to address the challenges in supporting quality journalism, and it will further decrease competition and innovation in news delivery. Similar efforts have already failed miserably in Germany and Spain.

The committee voted 15-10 in favor of Article 13, the provision that would require online platforms to monitor their users' uploads and try to prevent copyright infringement through automated filtering. Article 13 will limit freedom of expression, as the required upload filters won't be able to tell the difference between copyright infringement and permitted uses of copyrighted works under limitations and exceptions. It puts into jeopardy the sharing of video remixes, memes, parody, and code, even works that include openly licensed content.

Read more about it: "EU Takes First Step in Passing Controversial Copyright Law That Could 'Censor the Internet'," "Europe Takes Another Step towards Copyright Pre-Filters for User Generated Content," and "We Can Still Win: Next Steps for the Copyright Directive."

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