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26 March 2019 EP Plenary Vote

All 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) get to vote on 26 March at 12h30 CET on Article 17 [ex Article 13] in the negotiated copyright agreement. Please note that in the final text that MEPs will vote on Article 13 has been renumbered to Article 17. However, MEPs will see the old and new Article numbers when voting.

Overview of Amendments tabled for the EP Plenary vote:

Official EU Texts

  • Provisional trilogue agreement reached between the EP and Council on 13 February 2019
  • [Unofficial] Indivigital created a tool allowing you to compare the EC’s proposal with the trilogue negotiations positions of the EP and Council
  • Original European Commission proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
  • Council text as agreed on during Bulgarian Presidency
  • EP negotiation position as adopted during the 12 September 2018 Plenary vote
  • Report adopted on 20 June 2018 in the JURI Committee (Erratum on Article 11 [Amendment 74])
  • Opinions of other European Parliament Committees: IMCO (Internal Market and Consumer Protection), CULT (Culture), LIBE (Civil Liberties) and ITRE (industry)
  • Formal comments of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
  • European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) briefing on the copyright reform

Articles & Blogs

Please find below some excellent resources and articles for additional depth, for an overview of interesting quotes from various stakeholders in the debate see our statements page.

  • Article by BBC News: ‘Copyright law could put an end to net memes’ (8 June 2018)
  • Article by Marius François in Le Figaro: ‘Un projet de loi européen pourrait menacer les mèmes sur Internet’ (in French – 8 June 2018)
  • Article by Glyn Moody in Arstechnica: ‘Illegal memes? Weak Safe Harbor? Unpacking the proposed EU copyright overhaul’ (12 June 2018)
  • Article by Mike Masnick in Techdirt: ‘Ending The Memes: EU Copyright Directive Is No Laughing Matter’ (12 June 2018)
  • Article by Pablo Romero in Publico: ‘Alerta: Europa puede cargarse la Wikipedia y los memes con sus normas sobre ‘copyright” (in Spanish – 12 June 2018)
  • Article by Elsa Trujillo on BFMtv: ‘Pourquoi les mèmes sur Internet sont en danger’ (in French  – 11 June 2018)
  • Article by Jochen G. Fuchs on t3n news: ‘ Vergesst die DSGVO: Das Netz verliert gerade seine Informationsfreiheit’ (in German – 11 June 2018)
  • Article by Sky News: ‘Memes ‘will be banned’ under new EU copyright law, warn campaigners’ (8 June 2018)
  • Article by Mollie Cahillane in Daily Mail: ‘Could this be the end of memes? EU’s proposed rules on copyright could kill off user-generated content, critics warn’ (8 June 2018)
  • Article by Futurezone Technology News: ‘Neues Urheberrecht könnte Aus für Memes bedeuten’ (in German – 8 June 2018)
  • Article by Emanuel Karlsten in Göteborgs-Posten: ‘Karlsten: En av vår generations största politiska ödesfrågor’ (in Swedish – 8 June 2018)
  • Article by Glyn Moody on BoingBoing: ‘ Of Dog’s Breakfasts, Article 13, and Mythbusting’ (7 June 2018)
  • Article by Jonathan Greig on TechRepublic: ‘EU copyright reform proposal: 3 things businesses need to know’ (8 June 2018)
  • Blog Post by MEP Julia Reda (Germany, Greens/EFA, Shadow Rapporteur on the file) on How you can #SaveYourInternet from Article 13 and the “Link Tax” in the next 14 days (6 June 2018)
  • Heise news article on the copyright reform (in German)
  • Next Inpact news article on Article 13 (in French and partially behind a paywall)
  • Torrentfreak article ‘Judgment Day Nears for EU’s ‘Piracy Filters’ by Ernesto Van der Sar (4 June 2018)
  • Article by Thomas McMullan on Alphr: Article 13 could “destroy the internet as we know it”: What is it, why is it controversial and what will it mean for memes?
  • Communia blog: Article 13 in 3 flowcharts
  • Mozilla’s ChangeCopyright list of resources
  • European Digital Rights EDRi’s copyright reform document pool
  • Vox Scientia’s Censorship Machine 1-min, 10-min, 1-hour briefing pages
  • Edima (trade association of tech companies) infographic on services likely to be affected by Article 13 (note: some versions of the text of Article 13 include partial carve-outs for code sharing platforms, online encyclopedia, online retail platforms and (B2C) cloud services but these are not without loopholes)