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EDiMA reaction to Plenary vote on JURI copyright mandate

Brussels, July 5th, 2018 – EDiMA is delighted that democracy has succeeded in overturning the JURI Committee’s mandate to go to trilogue negotiations on the copyright file.

Today, the representatives of EU citizens rallied together and listened to the many voices warning of the dangers of the copyright Directive. Thanks to their decision, MEPs will have the opportunity to duly consider the evidence provided by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, hundreds of academics, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the creator of the World Wide Web.

We urge Members who have not yet had the opportunity to consider all sides of the debate to give due consideration to the wealth of evidence pointing to the broad consequences of the copyright Directive, so that a balance can be found and the future of the Internet safeguarded.

“Today’s vote represents a victory for democracy and evidence-based policy making in the European Parliament: Members have resoundingly voted to stall the beginning of the closed-door trilogue negotiations so that they can consider the true ramifications of the copyright Directive.

Less than 2% of MEPs have had an opportunity to weigh-in on this divisive file and we now urge the Plenary to listen to the many stakeholders who have provided evidence which demonstrates how the current JURI text could censor the Internet if left unamended” said Siada El Ramly, Director General of EDiMA.

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