The European Parliament proposes "fair and reasonable remuneration" amendments to the proposed Digital Copyright Directive
On 12th September, the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of a number of amendments to the highly controversial draft Digital Copyright Directive, having voted in July to reject the previous draft.
On 12 September 2018, the European Parliament voted in favour of a number of amendments that have been made to the draft Copyright Directive. This follows the previous vote on 5 July 2018 when the EP controversially rejected the previous draft. Some are hailing this a victory for the creative industry as it is hoped the Directive will provide for fair remuneration for copyright holders. Others, however, are up in arms that these provisions will restrict the free flow of content on the internet.
A plenary vote (where all members of the European Parliament come together) took place last week on 5 July 2018 in relation to the draft text of the new Copyright Directive in the digital single market, and in a shock turn around, the European Parliament rejected the current draft by a margin of 318-278. This means that Parliament’s position will now be up for debate, amendment and a further vote during the next plenary session in September 2018 (10th-13th), instead of progressing to the fast track trilogue negotiation process.