We wrote recently about the sea of criticism mounting against the Orwellian proposal by the EU for a "Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market" (see "Will the Proposed EU Copyright Directive Irrevocably Damage the Internet?" and "Controversial Copyright Proposal Passes First Step in European Union Parliament"). Yesterday, July 5, the 627 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) present (of 751 total) rejected the current language of the proposal voting 318 against, 278 in favor, and 31 abstaining.
While technically a rejection, in reality the vote is more of a displacement: it didn't scuttle the proposal entirely, but now allows all 751 MEPs to have input about possibly recasting and rewording the directive. So the matter isn't put to rest yet; the revised proposal will see another vote in September. In a plenary vote 20 June 2018, the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of the European Union Parliament voted for the copyright directive exactly as presented. This led to the full parliamentary vote yesterday which, if passed, would have given JURI mandate to proceed in presenting/negotiating the proposal before the EU Council late this year.
The legion of critics point to Articles 11 and 13 of the directive as being the primary elements of contention. Article 11, the so-called "link tax," would prevent Internet content providers from linking to items from news organizations without paying a negotiated per-use fee. Article 13, the "upload filter," includes requirements for content providers to be liable for monitoring, filtering, and controling—if not outright censoring—uploads to the Worldwide Web.
Writing yesterday for EDRi, the European Digital Rights organization, Senior Policy Advisor Diego Naranjo said, "The European Parliament will now be able, in an open debate, to improve the text and defend freedom of expression ahead of the next elections." The next elections by the current 28 member nations for the Members of the European Parliament are 23–26 May 2019. Related, the United Kingdom's "European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018" will see the UK withdrawn from the EU on 29 March 2019.