Kategorie vote

Fateful Day: EU Parliament Approves Copyright Reform – No Amendments Made   Am 26. März 2019 - 23:06 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of the copyright reform – including the obligation for upload filters and an ancillary copyright for press publishers.

A matter of a few seconds

The vote took place shortly after 1 p.m. and was over sooner than we had hoped. By a wafer-thin majority of only five votes MEPs first decided not to accept any amendments. The deletion of Article 13 (upload filters) and/or Article 11 (ancillary copyright for press publishers) was therefore not put to a vote.

Subsequently, the compromise proposal drawn up in the trilogue negotiations was adopted by a clear majority: 348 votes in favour, 274 against, 36 abstentions. A frightening result. The greatest support for the project came from the EPP and S&D ranks.

Among the German MEPs, all but one of the CDU/CSU members present voted yes. Looking at the SPD, the picture is quite different. Apart from two abstentions and one vote in favour, the proposal was consistently rejected. And the other German representatives were also predominantly against this reform.

Last debate in plenary

In the morning, the MEPs had had a heated debate in the EU Parliament. It showed once again how unteachable the supporters of the reform are when it comes to scientific advice and what kind of incompetence we are dealing with here.

A disgusting thing to see was how MEP Julia Reda (Greens/EFA) was treated. She was the only one to be disturbed several times during her speech by loud and persistent interjections which forced Vice-President Mairead McGuinness (EPP) to intervene. Following this, Julia Reda was subjected to the childishly angry cries of MEP Daniel Caspary (EVP) and MEP Jacens Rohde (ALDE), to which she reacted with impressive calm and professionalism. It is a painful loss that she will not to stand for re-election and therefore not be a member of the next Parliament.

Just one last step

In order for the Directive to enter into force and for EU Member States to transpose it into their national law, it still needs to be approved by the European Council. This is thus the very last chance to prevent this madness. The vote is expected to take place on 9 April.

At the moment, it cannot be assumed that the German Federal Government will put in a veto. The reason for this assumption is a horse-trading that took place according to the FAZ: Germany agrees with the directive while France has agreed to concessions in the dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

The German Federal Government must not get away with this. At least 12 spontaneous demonstrations have already been announced for today alone in Germany. The protest must not fade away but must become even stronger.

The internet has lost   Am 12. September 2018 - 15:09 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the European Parliament held its second vote on copyright in the digital single market and it took the worst possible outcome. Amendments to delete article 11 altogether or to alter it into a rule of legal presumption were rejected by a large majority. Instead, MEP Axel Voss's latest proposal for an ancillary copyright for press publishers was adopted. The same goes for his proposal that aims to introduce upload filters in the EU. Weiter

Voss still ignores criticism and does not move an inch   Am 10. September 2018 - 19:13 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Although summer break has just ended, the next important vote at EU level is already coming up. Members of the European Parliament must agree on a common position on the proposed copyright reform. A key role here is played by MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany), rapporteur on the JURI Committee, who despite all criticism is unwilling to back away from his proposal. Weiter

Introduction of Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers now a "Question of Life and Death"   Am 31. August 2018 - 18:33 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Before the summer break in Brussels and Strasburg had officially ended, members of the European Parliament got hit by the latest lobbying campaign by press agencies and publishers. With blatant lies and twisted truths they once again called on MEPs to support the widely discussed ancillary copyright for press publishers. Supporting arguments based on actual facts are absent just like they have been in the past. Weiter

Weitere Infos zu dieser News

Svoboda on link tax: "I do not see any positive consequences for anyone"   Am 7. August 2018 - 11:32 Uhr von Tom Hirche

In July 2017, the European People's Party (EPP) had adopted a joint position that fully endorses the Commission's plan for the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers (link tax). But this has not changed the fact that party members are against this new right and actively try to prevent it. With MEP Svoboda, a very influential one has publicly renewed his criticism. Weiter

JURI report gets rejected by EP majority   Am 5. Juli 2018 - 18:51 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Akteure: Schlagworte: Lizenz: 

It was only two weeks ago, when the JURI Committee had finally adopted its report on the upcoming copyright reform. Today, it was rejected by the majority of the European Parliament that withdrew MEP Axel Voss's negotiation mandate. An important step on the way to prevent the EU from causing severe damage to the free flow of information. Weiter

JURI supports link tax but plenary can still fix copyright   Am 21. Juni 2018 - 17:21 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Last Wednesday on June 20, the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) voted on the Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive. Unfortunately, the ancillary copyright for press publishers as stipulated in article 11 was adopted with only little suggested changes. But it looks like this has not been the final vote yet. Weiter

JURI has adopted link tax   Am 20. Juni 2018 - 13:11 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today at 10:48, the JURI Committee of the European Parliament has adopted the compromise amendment of rapporteur MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany) concerning article 11 with a 13:12 majority. All amendments calling for its deletion have thus been rejected. Now there is only the plenary of the European Parliament that has the power to overturn the plan of introducing an EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers. The fight for a free internet is not over!

Sascha Lobo: "Such a nonsense law"   Am 19. Juni 2018 - 12:03 Uhr von Redaktion

With the ancillary copyright, some publishers want to get a digital money printing machine from politicians – soon also at the EU level. How did we come to this? Weiter

Weitere Infos zu dieser News

Take a minute to #SaveYourInternet   Am 12. Juni 2018 - 17:23 Uhr von Tom Hirche

In eight days, the Legal Affairs Committee will finally vote on its compromise amendment for the upcoming copyright directive. This will be followed by the whole plenum of the European Parliament voting on a common position. Your and everybody else's internet freedom is at stake. Act now, get in touch with your MEP and #SaveYourInternet. Weiter

LIBE Committee remains silent on link tax   Am 21. November 2017 - 1:00 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has finally voted on its opinion on the Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive. While problematic provisions for mandatory content filtering have been tackled, the Committee did not take any stand when it came to the ancillary copyright for press publishers aka the link tax. Weiter

IMCO supports link tax – several MEPs did not attend the vote   Am 8. Juni 2017 - 21:06 Uhr von Tom Hirche

This morning, the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) voted on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive (2016/0280(COD)) as the first of five committees. The outcome is of great significance to the other votes that are yet to come. Unfortunately, the ancillary copyright for press publishers is still very much alive. Weiter

Reda report adopted! Amendment rejected!   Am 9. Juli 2015 - 19:40 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the European Parliament voted on MEP Julia Reda's report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC (InfoSoc). The results were clear.

The plenary adopted the report with a broad majority (445/549). Now the upcoming copyright reform by Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger cannnot only focus on cross-border trade but also on reforming exceptions to copyright protection. Furthermore, the amendment tabled by Angelika Niebler (EPP) was rejected! She - backed by 81 other MEPs - tried to insert text into the report calling for the introduction of an EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers. Fourtunately, the effort was shut down with 379 votes against. Although 142 MEPs demonstrated that they still have not understood the pure nonsense of such an ancillary copyright, the vote is another victory on keeping the right to link.

Or als Julia Reda puts it:

This should be the final blow to the idea of introducing at the European level a law to cross-finance news publishers which has already failed spectacularly in Germany and Spain.

We can only hope that she is right. As the report is non-binding and Oettinger has not come to a final conclusion, an ancillary copyright for press publishers is still not off the cards. The fight is not over yet!

Weitere Infos zu dieser News