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The European Parliament rejected amendments to the EU law on copyright, which could lead to the censorship of memes

Now the bill will be sent for a full review.

The European Parliament voted against the adoption of a new law on copyright, which obliged websites and social networks to filter content uploaded by users. The document was sent for a full review, during which activists may try to exclude the most controversial items of the bill.

According to the idea of ​​the authors of the amendments, the sites should have been obliged to check all user content from the EU in order to prevent copyright infringement. In addition, it was proposed to impose a tax for reprinting fragments of news content from the Internet: for example, users would have to pay for reposts of news publications to their profile.

The European Union decided to reform the law on copyright, because the current rules, which have not changed radically since 2001, are outdated because of the development of the Internet. However, the reform turned out to be ambiguous: the representatives of the Internet community and large mass media spoke out against it.

The strongest criticism was given to Article 13 of the draft law, which presupposes content filtering. The media feared that this could lead to large-scale censorship on the Internet, as the sites will have to regulate the download of content. The bill did not specify what content is subject to copyright protection, it was about “any copyright protection material.”

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