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The Week Ahead Europe: European Parliament to vote on contentious copyright laws

The European Parliament will vote on plans for an overhaul of European Union-wide copyright laws on Sept. 12, known as the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, amid fierce opposition from the tech industry.

First introduced in 2016, the proposed directive is designed to bring copyright laws up to speed with the digital age by taking steps to ensure rightholders are properly compensated for the online distribution of their work.

Ahead of the vote, members of Parliament will address the new copyright laws and suggest amendments to it during a debate on Sept. 11. This follows their rejection of earlier proposals for the directive in July.

The most contentious issue has been Article 13 of the law, which places an obligation on internet platforms and websites to police user content on their website for copyright infringements, making them liable for content without the correct licenses.

Meanwhile, Article 11, another highly contested part of the directive, would force platforms like Google LLC and Facebook Inc. to compensate news organizations before linking to their stories.

The proposals have received strong support from the music industry, which struggles with illegally uploaded content on online platforms with user-generated content such as Facebook and YouTube.

Critics, including Silicon Valley and internet freedom campaigners, however, argue the changes will stifle creativity and lead to blanket censorship, while expensive filtering technologies could make it more costly for startups and small businesses to operate.

In a letter addressed to the president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, earlier this year, members of the tech community including Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web described the directive as an "imminent threat" to the future of the internet.

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Sept. 11 European Parliament to debate new copyright laws as part of the European Union's Digital Single Market strategy, following a July vote to reject a Legal Affairs Committee proposal to begin negotiations on bringing copyright laws up to speed with the digital age
Sept. 12 Members of the European Parliament to vote on a draft proposal for new copyright laws, followed by a press conference
Sept. 12 European Parliament to debate proposals for the EU Cybersecurity Act, an EU-wide framework for digital products, services and devices, which will grant the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security a permanent mandate as EU agency for cybersecurity
Sept. 12 European Parliament to vote on a plans for a Single Digital Gateway, enabling citizens and organizations in the EU to complete paperwork for student loan applications or car registrations, for example, on the internet
Sept. 12 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to deliver his State of the Union Address in the European Parliament
United Kingdom:
Sept. 11 U.K. Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee to question the BBC's Director-General Lord Tony Hall and Deputy Director-General Anne Bulford on the broadcaster's annual performance. The event will take place at the Media City property development in Salford, England
Sept. 11 Elizabeth Denham, the U.K. Information Commissioner at the Information Commissioner's Office, to address Parliament's Communications Committee in a hearing about regulating the internet, alongside Jared Sine, General Counsel & Secretary at Match Group Inc., and Nick Pickles, Twitter Inc.'s senior strategist for Public Policy
Sept. 11 U.K. communications regulator Ofcom to publish data on fixed broadband speed
Industry events:
Sept. 9-14 Startup Europe comes to Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley)
Sept. 11-12 Carriers World 2018 (London, U.K.)
Sept. 13 The Next Generation Internet Forum (Porto, Portugal)
Sept. 13 Nordic AI Health Summit (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Sept. 13-14 Smart Home Security Congress (London, U.K.)
Sept. 13-18 IBC Show 2018 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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