EU Link Tax Suffers Stunning Setback

Eleven EU nations voted in opposition to a textual content of a controversial EU copyright directive that was to be voted on in May 2019. The hyperlink tax just isn’t defeated. But it makes it unlikely to be authorized in May 2019, had all nations agreed to the wording.

This quickly stops the so-called hyperlink tax and the heavy burden on internet publishers represented by these proposals. This needs to be excellent news to the various on-line publishers and free speech activists.

Two components of the directive, Article 11 (referred to as the hyperlink tax) and Article 13 (which imposes onerous burdens on small and medium websites) have been the sticking factors.

Julia Reda, a German member of the European Parliament, in addition to a member of German political social gathering know for digital freedom announced the news in a tweet and a weblog submit.

Screenshot of a tweet by Julia Reda

According to Julia Reda’s weblog submit:

“This surprising turn of events does not mean the end of Link Tax or censorship machines, but it does make an adoption of the copyright directive before the European elections in May less likely.”

Article 13 is opposed by organizations just like the Electronic Frontier Foundation who name it a prepare wreck and warn of the risks to small web sites:

“On Article 13, the Council and the Parliament are struggling over whether small and medium-sized businesses should be excluded from the crushing demands and liability Article 13 would impose on Internet sites. This was one of the concessions that MEP Axel Voss offered in a last-minute attempt to get the Article’s provisions past Parliament.

But that’s not good enough for the article’s lobbyists, who believe that any site that allows users to put their content online should be treated as a pirate’s den—even if it’s a small European Internet site hoping to compete with deep-pocketed, US-based Big Tech companies.”

Google is on file as being firmly in opposition to the phrases of Article 11 and 13. Google asserts that they’re for copyright protections however argue that the present proposals go too far and can restrict the free trade of data, in the end impacting the power of small websites to earn income for his or her artistic works.

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