European lawmakers have rejected the fast-tracking of a piece of legislation that critics say would significantly damage internet freedom.
Parliamentarians in Strasbourg, France, cast their votes on the European Union’s new copyright directive on Thursday. The regulation is an update to a 2001 directive on copyright, and is aimed at modernizing those rules for the digital age.
A total of 318 lawmakers rejected the talks, while 278 voted in favor and 21 abstained. A further vote on the law will be delayed until September 10.
It is rumored that strong lobbying efforts by Google and the wider tech industry are behind a €31 million lobbying operation directed at the European Union on issues including the digital single market, copyright and licensing.
A letter to Members of the European Parliament from Sir Paul McCartney which urges MEPS to “uphold the mandate on Copyright and Article 13” didn’t help much.
Dear Members of the European Parliament,
I write to urge your support for the mandate on Copyright in the upcoming plenary vote this week.
Music and culture matter. They are our heart and soul. But they don’t just happen: they demand the hard work of so many people. Importantly, music also creates jobs and economic growth and digital innovation across Europe.
Unfortunately, the value gap jeopardizes the music ecosystem. We need an Internet that is fair and sustainable for all. But today some User Upload Content platforms refuse to compensate artists and all music creators fairly for their work, while they exploit it for their own profit.
“PLEASE VOTE TO UPHOLD THE MANDATE ON COPYRIGHT AND ARTICLE 13. YOU HOLD IN YOUR HANDS THE FUTURE OF MUSIC HERE IN EUROPE.”
The value gap is that gulf between the value these platforms derive from music and the value they pay creators.
The proposed Copyright Directive and its Article 13 would address the value gap and help assure a sustainable future for the music ecosystem and its creators, fans and digital music services alike.
Please vote to uphold the mandate on Copyright and Article 13. You hold in your hands the future of music here in Europe.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sir Paul McCartney