January 27, 2022

Roundup: EU Parliament Approves Copyright Reform

Statements/Reactions to Vote From Library and Publishing Community

European Association of Research Libraries (LIBER): European Copyright Reform: How Did We Get Here & What Happens Next?European Research & Innovation At Risk After Copyright Vote

European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA): Digital Single Market Directive – the European Parliament Lays a Curate’s Egg

Federation of European Publishers (FEP): Copyright in the DSM Historical Vote

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA): The European Parliament Votes on Copyright Reform: Giving and Taking Away

International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM): STM Statement on DSM Vote in European Parliament

International Publishers Association (IPA): IPA Welcomes European Parliament Copyright Vote


EU Parliament Vote (September 12, 2018)

EU Lawmakers Agree Common Stand on Copyright Reforms (via Reuters)

Of the lawmakers at the assembly, 438 voted in favor while 226 were against, with 39 abstentions. The next step is negotiations with the European Commission and the 28 EU countries to reconcile their different positions before updating the existing copyright laws.

A majority of the lawmakers had in July rejected the tough approach proposed by a key committee tasked by the Parliament to look into the issue.

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From Wired:

Today’s vote is not the end of the story, though: every amendment approved today will have to undergo another round of behind-closed-doors negotiations between EU politicos and EU member states, before going again through a vote in January 2019. The meme war is far from over.

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See Also: Joint Statement by Vice-President Ansip And Commissioner Gabriel on the European Parliament’s Vote To Start Negotiations on Modern Copyright Rules

See Also: Today, Europe Lost The Internet. Now, We Fight Back. (via EFF)

See Also: Primary Document: Texts Adopted By European Parliament

UPDATE September 13, 2018 Everything You Need to Know About Europe’s New Copyright Directive (via The Verge)

UPDATE September 12, 2018 Controversial EU Copyright Change Faces Key Vote (via BBC)

UPDATE September 10, 2018 LIBER Libraries: Urge Your MEPs to Support Libraries in the Copyright Vote

UPDATE September 10, 2018  ‘Every group split’ ahead of EU copyright vote (via EU Observer)

From The Guardian:

After two years of debate, members of the European parliament will vote on Wednesday on the legislation, which could change the balance of power between producers of music, news and film, and the dominant internet sites that host their work.

Proposed in 2016 to update copyright law for the age of Facebook and Google, the directive has unleashed a ferocious lobbying war. Lawmakers have been bombarded with millions of emails and thousands of calls, many based on standard scripts written by lobbyists.


Amid last-minute writing and rewriting of amendments, the final outcome can’t be predicted. The proposals were rejected by the European parliament in July, despite earlier support in a relevant committee.

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See Also: What You Need to Know Ahead of the Eu Copyright Vote (via TechCrunch)
A look at the issues.

See Also: Your Internet Is Under Threat. Here’s Why You Should Care About European Copyright Reform (via Wikimedia Foundation)

See Also: Why the Whole World Should Be Up in Arms About the EU’s Looming Internet Catastrophe (via EFF)

See Also: European Parliament Rejects Draft Version of Copyright in the Digital Single Market Legislation Proposed by Legal Affairs Committee (July 6, 2018)

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