EU Parliament rejects rubber stamping disastrous copyright bill

The European Parliament has today heard the voice of European citizens and voted against proposals that would have dealt a hammer blow to the open internet in Europe.

By a clear majority, MEPs have rejected rubber stamping proposals that would have forced internet companies to filter the web, and would have introduced an unprecedented tax on linking online.

This is great news for Europe’s citizens, its SMEs and startups, especially those in the creative sectors as, while the proposed rules were supposed to protect and support them, they would have been the ones to suffer most under the new regime.

The last few weeks have seen a massive mobilisation of public opinion in Europe – as the impact of this regressive law upon everything from memes to news articles online became clear. The momentum is growing and Mozilla will go on fighting to make sure this proposal serves its purpose of modernising copyright in Europe.

The future of an open internet and creativity in Europe depends on it.

2 comments on “EU Parliament rejects rubber stamping disastrous copyright bill”

  1. Chris wrote on

    Raegan, thanks for your fight for our rights to the open internet.

  2. Dennis Schubert wrote on

    > By a clear majority

    The poll turned out that 318 MEPs opposed the propsal, but 278 agreed to it, and 31 did not respond. So it’s not really a “clear” majority here, that easily could have looked different.

    Also, this is by far not the end of the story. The law will now go back to the drawing board, and will be voted on against on September 10-13. So please, everyone, keep up the pressure.