MEP’s have voted to pass the infamous Article 13 (now 17) and Article 11 of The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market today by 348 votes to 274.
Article 13 has been dubbed a ‘meme ban’ as it will ban people from uploading content which includes any copyrighted material (such as pictures, etc) and Article 11 has been dubbed a ‘link tax’ as it will force any website to pay royalties for any content not generated on that site, for example, quoting from a newspaper will mean that under the rules a fee has to be paid to that newspaper.
Protests against the Directive took part in 45 German cities with German police estimating as many as 40,000 attended the street protest held there.
In the debate itself, UKIPs Leader Gerard Batten MEP spoke out against what he called “institutionalised censorship” which aimed to “shut down free speech” and those views not approved of by the establishment or the political media establishment:
— UKIP (@UKIP) 26 March 2019
As Mr Batten said, European Elections are coming up……let’s hope that MEPs who voted through this appealing directive pay the electoral price.