should Actually be with a new copyright. Instead, the Copyright Reform on the EU level, has caused in the past few months for heated debates. Today, Tuesday, the European vote Parliament. The most Important thing in the Overview.

What is the European Parliament?

in the middle of February had achieved the negotiators of the European Parliament and the EU member States, after long negotiations, a compromise in the Reform of outdated copyright laws. With this project, the Copyright to the Internet should be adapted to age. The EU member States confirmed the compromise – even with a German Yes. The consent of the plenary is still pending. Normally, this is only a formality. But this Time, a lot is different.

Why is the topic so controversial?

The fear of censorship and the death of a free Internet. The other link the Reform to the Survival of artists, Creative and writers. The debate will be emotional. And focuses on two issues: the ancillary copyright law for press publishers in article 11, as well as the possible introduction of so-called Upload-Filter, which could result from article 13. At the weekend tens of thousands in several German cities went against the Reform on the road. From the point of view of the proponents it is about force platforms, knowingly with third-party content to earn money, a fair licensing.

What to say to in article 11 and article 13?

article 11, newspaper publishers, and authors get more for their content. Search engines such as Google may not show, therefore, without further small article excerpts in your search results or in Google News. Rather, you should ask the publishers for permission, and possibly pay for it.

For other platforms such as Youtube to be taken in accordance with article 13, is in the final version of the law article 17, more. Protected works must be licensed before they land on the platforms – or are not allowed to be uploaded. If content to land but illegally on the platforms, they are liable automatically if you have not made their best efforts to obtain the necessary licenses or to prevent the Upload. Exceptions are only made for a few companies.

And where is the Problem?

According to critics, leads Filters, article 13, automatically to Upload. Different platforms could not check the content of non-compliance. According to the critics, these filters would also block legal content, such as parodies of, or quotations – and so the freedom of expression limit. This opinion is joined, in the meantime, politicians from almost all parties. Especially Google, and thus Youtube had made against the Reform mobile and, among other things, full-page newspaper ads. The draft of the copyright line could lead to “the diversity of online information that is available may be affected,” writes Google online.

opponents of the power and protection of rights of disadvantages, especially for small publishers. They were instructed to search engines listed and a weak negotiating position against Google & co. would Also refer you to Germany: Here there is since 2013 a performance right, but it does not lead to significant monetary payments to the publishers. In addition, the diversity of media in the network would be restricted, according to the critics. The large publishers ‘ associations in Germany welcomed the Reform.

How are the fronts in the policy?

Totally confusing. SPD-Minister of justice Katarina Barley agreed to the Reform on the EU level, but is actually against article 13. She argued with the Cabinet discipline. The SPD in the European Parliament will vote on Tuesday against article 13. For the Parliament, the CDU had negotiated politicians Axel Voss in a leading role. But also from his party, a number of politicians, including several digital experts, article 13, and Upload reject Filter.

what will this debate last?

The nerves are blank on both sides. For some opponents of article 13 of the CDU-politician Voss to the icon and a hate figure. He was attacked on social networks, ridiculed and mocked.

supporters of the project, discredited his opponent as Tech-companies controlled by, the EU Commission said in a Blog Post, in the meantime, from a “Mob” and the CDU-MEP Daniel Caspary commented on the weekend, even the suspicion that U.S. Internet companies wanted to prevent the Reform “bought protesters”. So he was also in the own ranks and indignation. A little later rowed Caspary.

How could it go further?

the members Should agree to the project in its entirety, it would be most likely before the European elections end of may. The EU member States must however agree to another Time. The Parliament could also argue that deleting the individual articles. Also, the EU would have to agree-States.

If you do not, you would have to negotiate again with the Parliament. The European elections end of may, although this may mean some delay. In addition, this compromise came only with great difficulty. The Parliament should reject the whole proposal on Tuesday, would also need to be re-negotiated.

vit / DPA

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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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