The European Union wants to shake up the way Internet companies handle media, e-books, digital music, news articles and other content.
EU lawmakers voted to back a report that has proved controversial and seen celebrities. Beatles member Paul McCartney member Paul McCartney recently wrote an open letter to the lawmakers to encourage them to back the new rules, while the former Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean has publicly opposite it.
identify copyrighted material. To give the new system of teeth, it would also make online publishing platforms liable for copyright infringement.
German lawmaker Axel Voss, who chaperoned the report through the assembly, said the vote. “The changes must still be endorsed by EU member states.”
Media companies and publishers say the changes would help them get paid for their work. But opponents say they are too hard to put into effect, and might lead to filtering or even greater control over the Internet.
They also fear that the new rules would be effective on the basis of copyright laws. can be respected without limiting freedom of expression. Wikipedia and open source software platforms would not be affected.
“Voss said. “I am sure that once the dust has settled, the Internet will be as free as it is today, the creators and journalists will be earning a fair share of the profits generated by their works, and we will be wondering . “
The European Magazine Media Association praised the move as” a great day for the independent press and for democracy, “saying it would modernize the rules without stifling online competition.
But the Computer and Communications Industry Association said it would be “undermine free expression online and access to information.”
McCartney and many other musicians had backed the proposals, saying it would help.
But others like Jean have rejected it, saying that working with Internet platforms. World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales
Some also worry about the cost and reliability of automated filters. Google has spent more than US $ 100mil (RM410mil) on Content ID, its copyright management system for YouTube, which has more than 400 hours of content uploaded every minute. But many users complain that the system is inaccurate. – AP