Goodbye to the law on the internet: the European Parliament voted against

The plenary of the European Parliament (EP) has rejected this morning to start negotiations on the reform of the european law of copyright, which although it is intended to improve the compensation of creators, has reaped countless critical activists, personalities of the internet and the giants of the sector. The proposed reform of the regulation of copyright in the EU incorporating a new article 13 which established the obligation for the platforms providing internet access to establish a filtering through of an automatic system of all the content that users upload.

That is to say, the goal is to prevent the sharing of material that infringes the copyrights required all providers powered by content from its users to implement algorithms such as the Content ID created by YouTube to identify fragments protected by copyright in the videos hosted on this platform. This system, despite having possibly the best engineers in the world, has eliminated such a video because it sounded birds chirping in the background because a song protected had used a similar sound, or one of the NASA landing on Mars for a report of a news agency that he had climbed and claimed as his own that content created by the same NASA…

With article 13 had been forced to all the major social networks, from Instagram to Twitter, to set this kind of filters, and possibly would have prevented the emergence of new competitors to have to deal with such a barrier of entry. We had to forget about the memes, those images that tend to accompany an image protected by copyright with a text that makes it funny. The right of quotation and parody would be history on the internet. But in addition would also mean a huge barrier of entry for new services based on content uploaded by its users, who would have to implement algorithms extremely complicated to be able to work in Europe.

For its part, article 11 had been codified at the european level the infamous “rate Google” that has already led to that in our country disappear from Google News, and is to prevent the emergence of any similar service. The articles and news produced by newspapers could not be bound by any service with a snippet of text that allows to identify them without paying a license. This standard aims to go against Google for its News, social networks like Facebook and Twitter that include a small text when you share a link, collaborative services such as Reddit or even services analysis of the veracity of the news as a Fucking Hoax. To be able to bind freely these contents would have to wait 20 years.

The reform has been rejected by 318 parliamentarians, compared to 278 who voted in favor and 31 abstentions.

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