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The European Parliament approves controversial law that would affect the free internet

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A decision of the European Parliament on a controversial legislature intended to change the law of copyright, it could have a direct impact on the free and open access to the internet in various countries of the continent, including Spain.

The members of the European Parliament approved the Tuesday, march 26th, the Policy of Copyright, known in English as the Copyright Directive. Some consider that the vote is a blow to the internet free of charge, since the two parties most controversial of the law, Article 11 and Article 17, remain intact. The final vote was 348 in favor and 274 against.

Originally, the legislation was intended to give copyright owners greater control over their content, and had been in process for more than two years. According to the Article 11, better known as the “tax-link”, platforms or web sites to search for content, like Google News, they will need paid leave to create links, or news summaries.

Similarly, Article 17 (formerly Article 13), the content creators and users of web sites such as YouTube and Tumblr will have to obtain licenses to use copyrighted material, such as photos, songs or videos, before being able to upload, something known as the “load filter”.

These platforms would also be legally responsible for the users that upload content protected by copyright. As expected, popular YouTubers they raised the cry to the sky and used their public platforms to make known their opposition to this controversial decision. Some important web sites, such as Reddit and Wikipedia, joined in the battle, protesting previously the Board of Copyright to disconnect their services for a day in Europe.

The critics continue, arguing that these terms are relatively vague and could cut people open and free access to the internet, to limit the flow of information. However, a number of musicians and artists, including Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga, have supported the legislation, stating that this would protect the music industry and would make violators of the rights of the author are legally responsible for their actions.

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