Shortly before the crucial vote on the Reform of copyright law in the EU-Parliament protest on Saturday, thousands of people in Europe against the project.

opponents of the Reform, and, above all, of the controversial article 13 have announced dozens of demonstrations in some 20 countries, including Germany, Austria and Poland. On Tuesday, the Europe is to vote in Parliament on the Reform. The EU Commission and the European Council had already approved.

most of The participants in the demonstrations are expected in Germany, where it had given a fierce resistance against the Reform. In this country people want to go in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Munich on the road. In the capital, are logged according to the police, around 2000 people, a representative of the Alliance “Save the Internet”, co-organized the Protest, was anticipating up to 6000 participants.

The Copyright-Reform to the outdated copyright law to adapt the EU to the Internet age. Negotiators of the EU Parliament and the EU member States had agreed in mid-February on a compromise. He provides for, among other things, an ancillary copyright law for press publishers, as well as in article 13, which is in the current Version of the legislative text now, the article 17 is significantly more obligations on copyright protection for platforms like YouTube.

critics fear that platforms like YouTube are able to meet the requirements only if you use the upload filter, with which you can Upload to check, whether images, Videos or music are protected by copyright. This will lead to censorship, because the Filter is blocking legitimate content, such as quotes, parodies or Satire.

some 260 publishers, Newspapers, news agencies, radio vendors, production companies and media professionals, including the German press Agency, on the other hand had the support of the Reform of the copyright law called. They demanded “a fair share of the business with the content, in order to secure a rich and diverse Internet, in the Information and culture a firm place”.

the EU Commission’s Deputy Frans Timmermans defended the project. It will not be fair if only corporations such as Google have made with their intellectual property, profits, said the low countries, the Newspapers of the Funke media group. “That’s why we try to the rules of the European legislation. We need to protect artists.”

Similar to the MEP Axel Voss (CDU) said. He said the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday): “We want to achieve with the EU copyright amendment nothing more than to protect copyrights on Internet-platforms better and enforce.” You should be liable. The company implemented the requirement technically, in the end, is your task. “This is a hard-hitting economic interests of the big platforms, which are designed to give individual citizens the freedom of the Internet is in danger. This is not true, however. The individual is nothing.” Voss had the present Reform-a compromise for the Parliament to lead the EU States.

The debate on the Reform moves across the coalition in Berlin. The SPD wants to achieve that the controversial Filter to be avoided. This comes from a recommendation of the Amendment Committee for a party Convention of the social Democrats on Saturday in Berlin, the existence of the dpa. At the Meeting, the SPD wants to your program for the European elections on may 26. May adopt.

Germany had agreed to with the consent of the Minister of justice Katarina Barley (SPD) of the Reform. SPD-Secretary-General Lars Klingbeil said recently: “Mrs. Barley made your Position clear, but of course, it is clear that it is in a Cabinet discipline that the Chancellor has made a print that article 13 comes.”

But also in Parts of the Union, the Reform is rejected. A compromise proposal at the national level from its ranks, provides for a waiver of the upload filter, if the platforms to get to the authors of the licenses for the content. In the case of the SPD, the idea meets with incomprehension. The SPD members of the European Parliament, had tried since the summer, the principle of “payment block” in the draft of the amendment, it said in a submission for the SPD Convention. The path of the Union attack, “because he proposes a national circumnavigation of the actual problem”. The SPD was campaigning for a scheme, the upload filter on a Europe-wide prevent.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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