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EU copyright directive rejected: debate back open

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 06 July 2018

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The anticipated EU Copyright directive which is poised to shake up copyright protection has stumbled, as the European Parliament has failed to approve the draft.

In June the Parliament’s legal affairs committee approved the directive to go forward for full Parliament approval.

On vote, the 318 MEP’s voting against outweighed the 278 MEP’s who voted in favour.

Therefore the Parliament reflected the wide criticism the directive has received from those in the music and technology industry. 70 internet experts, including Tim Berners-Lee wrote to the Parliament outlining their concerns on the directive.

The directive will now go back to the drawing board and will be reconsidered before another vote in September.

It is difficult to predict how this will turn out, but what is certain is the change the directive will bring will have an impact on copyright protection as we know it.

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