It's bad news, I'm afraid
"Dark day for internet freedom: The @Europarl_EN has rubber-stamped copyright reform including #Article13 and #Article11. MEPs refused to even consider amendments. The results of the final vote: 348 in favor, 274 against"
We were actually close to getting a better type of vote... 😟
"Voting on individual amendments (like the proposal to delete #Article13) was rejected by a majority of just 5 votes."
Individual governments outside trade blocs tend to be more vulnerable to lobbying by multinationals, especially if a government tends towards favouring big business lobbyists.
However bad A13 is, you can expect something worse from UK gov post-Brexit.
Leaving the EU won't help. If anything, individual govs outside trade blocs are *more* vulnerable to corporate lobbying because of their relatively smaller size.
The problem here was a lack of MEPs willing to vote it down. If EU citizens elect more pro-internet candidates, they will be able to stop things like Article 13. The numbers were already very close, A13 was defeated at an earlier stage but came back in a later vote.
My country gets FAR more corporate lobbying from the EU than in the local senate. You're oversimplifying things. We are too small for corporations to care about - meanwhile, from the EU side, we had to accept Roundup licence renewal, give more of a monopoly to Google thanks to today's vote, and there's a looming radio directive over us. Almost everyone in my country voted against. Still passes here. Don't see a reason to remain in this system anymore.
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