DThe EU Parliament has also voted in favor of introducing the so-called ancillary copyright with the reform of copyright law. Platforms such as Google News may no longer display clippings of press releases without the publisher's consent. In addition, they should be held liable for violations of copyright. However, the proposal dispenses with the explicit introduction of upload filters.
The Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee adopted a legislative text in June, but it did not have a majority in plenary in July. The plenary had around 200 amendments before the current vote. With the amended text, parliamentary negotiators are now entering into negotiations with the EU governments, with which a common law must then be formulated.
EPP MEP and Rapporteur for the dossier, Axel Voss, welcomed the adoption of the proposal. He had argued for an ancillary copyright that should allow publishers to demand payments from companies such as Google, for example for clippings or photos from newspaper articles. In addition, it should be achieved by his design that platforms such as Youtube licenses for about complete songs that are uploaded there by users. The pirate politician Julia Reda (Green Group) regretted on Twitter, the parliament voted for a so-called "Linktax" and "upload filter".
The Association of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV) and the Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) also welcome today's decision. According to the two leading associations, the new right benefits all owners of copyrighted property and all people in Europe, because the creative industry has now finally established clear rules for the big Internet companies.
"Crucial is that the European Parliament has emphasized the importance of the authors and the creative industries in the digital future," said Kajo Döhring, CEO of the German Journalists Association, and sharply criticized the opponents of the draft: "All those who use terms such as, censorship 'and' downfall of the free Internet 'are cheating around the answer to the question of what the originators should live in the digital reality. "
The publishers organized in the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels also commented positively: "For book publishers, participation in the distributions of the collecting societies is now approaching again. Due to the lack of income over many years just a few small publishers in their existence and work at risk, "said Peter Kraus of Cleff, commercial director of Rowohlt Verlag and board member of the Publishers Committee in the Börsenverein.
Disappointed, however, was the CEO Oliver Süme of Vernad the Internet economy. The European Parliament had "missed the copyright a proper step in the Stone Age". It ignores the potential of digitization to "protect traditional industries and obsolete business models." The startup association also criticized the outcome of the vote: "In the end, it was not reason, but the particular interests of a few who refused to reject progress."
The EU Parliament confirmed the reform of copyright on the second attempt. On Wednesday, 438 MPs voted in favor of holding talks between the EU Parliament, the Council representing the Member States and the EU Commission. 226 voted against the reform.