'After a short delay, European Union lawmakers are continuing their journey to censor the Internet and have agreed on changes to the text of Articles 11,12 and 13, The Independent reported. Meanwhile, Anonymous and Pirates are planning on-the-ground and online actions against the proposed Copyright Directives.
Germany and France agreed on a horrendous “compromise” version of Article 13 following heated debated, which claims to protect small businesses. However, in the fine print of the law, it almost protects no website as Julia Reda points out.
To qualify for protection, the website in question has to meet the following criteria:
- Less than 3 years old
- Have less than €10 million ($11 million USD) in revenue
- Have less than 5 million unique visits per month
The new pieces of legislation will be put before MEPs, who will decide on the controversial copyright rules at a later to-be-announced date.
Activists and corporations alike claim the new rules – particularly Article 11 and Article 13 – will forever change central parts of the Internet.
Google and its subsidiary YouTube, as well as Wikipedia and many others, have argued that the new rules could prevent Web users from being able to search and share content as freely as current laws allow.
Julia Reda, a German MEP of Pirate Parties International and prominent opponent to the reforms, expressed outrage:
Dirty deal between France and Germany prevails, for now: Council ready to continue negotiations on the worst version of Article 13 yet, next stop negotiations with Parliament. Call your MEPs now!
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