EU Cancels 'Final' Negotiations On EU Copyright Directive As It Becomes Clear There Isn't Enough Support

from the breaking:-the-internet dept

So, this is certainly unexpected. Just hours after we pointed out that even all of the lobbyists who had written/pushed for Article 13 in the EU Copyright Directive were now abandoning their support for it (basically because the EU was considering making it just slightly less awful), it appears that Monday's negotiations have been called off entirely:

Apparently multiple countries -- including Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland -- made it clear they would not support the latest text put forth by Romania, and therefore would have blocked it from moving forward. Monday's negotiations were supposed to have been the "final" negotiations (after the previous "final" negotiations that didn't accomplish much) around a "compromise" bill that then would have gone out to be voted on by the EU Council, the EU Committee and the EU Parliament in the next few months. However, with the news of all those countries (via the EU Council) deciding to vote against the proposal, it effectively blocks it for now.

MEP Julia Reda now has the full breakdown of the votes, noting that 11 countries voted against the "compromise" text: Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Slovenia, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Croatia, Luxembourg and Portugal. That's... a pretty big list. Reda points out that most of those countries were concerned about the impact on users' rights (Portugal and Croatia appear to be outliers). That's pretty big -- as it means that any new text (if there is one) should move in a better direction, not worse.

As Reda notes, this does not mean that the Copyright Directive or Article 13 are dead. They could certainly be revived with new negotiations (and that could happen soon). But, it certainly makes the path forward a lot more difficult. Throughout all of this, as we've seen in the past, the legacy copyright players plowed forward, accepting no compromise and basically going for broke as fast as they could, in the hopes that no one would stop them. They've hit something of a stumbling block here. It won't stop them from still trying, but for now this is good news. The next step is making sure Article 13 is truly dead and cannot come back. The EU has done a big thing badly in even letting things get this far. Now let's hope they fix this mess by dumping Articles 11 and 13.

Filed Under: article 13, copyright, eu, eu copyright directive, eu council, intermediary liability, safe harbors


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jan 2019 @ 8:37pm

    The facts are clear, the FUD is not

    The simple fact is that the baby years of the internet are well past over and it's time you children grew up.

    There are hundreds of piracy "blogs", where the blogger uploads copyrighted material to third party services (fileshares). Under current laws this is completely legal and you cannot even get the webhost to take the site down, all you can do is request that the fileshares take down the copyrighted material.

    NOTE: You can't even do that now... thanks to childish tantrum throwing only actual Copyright HOLDERS can go after copyrighted material and report it. Victory for the Pirates (Ahem, the buisness model of hosting largely stolen content and putting ads in it)

    In real life, this is akin to starting up a Business called "Stolen Cars R Us", claiming that only the original car owners can request their car be returned and saying "absolutely nothing illegal is going on here because everything illegal is happening somewhere else"

    Only an absolute retard (meaning 99.9% of all netizens) would actually argue this FUD claiming that writing laws so that other preexisting laws can actually be enforced is a bad thing.

    All the players are bad faith players, Google, Jimbo, DotCom, they KNOW they're in violation and that is why they're fighting hard with absurd FUD.

    First thing YouTube would have to do is bring back the ability to report copyrighted content as a normal user. OBVIOUSLY, they can easily crowd source and have a video be held until verified by the crowd it isn't copyrighted, punishing those who elect to vote "yet this is valid" when it isn't and reward those who vote correctly (A few dollars here, a few dollars there, with harsher monetary penalties than rewards but you'll find plenty of people who will farm money on youtube).

    The whole point of this is to stop bad faith actors (and Google is definitely a bad faith actor) who do everything in their power to do absolutely nothing and ignore the problem until they get legal action being pushed against them.

    It's time to grow up and take your spanking. You've had 30 years to clean up your act and failed completely. Grow up Internet, because you people are sickening.

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