Sadly both the controversial Article 11 and 13 of the new EU Copyright Directive have been approved by the EU Parliament, despite strong criticism also from those content creators it is supposed to protect. Later this year a vote on the final proposal will take place, after the European parliament, the EU Commission and the Council (the national leaders) have worked out a common text. German MEP Julia Reda, like Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake, has stood against these proposals for a long time, and she blogs about the result.

I’ve mailed all Dutch MEPs ahead of the votes taking place last July, but only the ones that agree with my views ever write back. No argumentation of those in favour.

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