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  4. <title>FSFE welcomes adoption of copyright report in EP's JURI committee</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE welcomes adoption of copyright report in EP's JURI committee</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">In an important step towards modernising the EU's copyright laws, the
  9. Legal Affairs committee of the European Parliament on Tuesday adopted
  10. a report on the Copyright Directive by MEP Julia Reda. </p>
  11. <p>
  12. By adopting the report with 23 votes in favour and 2 against, the
  13. committee asks the European Commission to consider a number of
  14. important updates to copyright as it works towards a revision of the
  15. EU Copyright Directive.
  16. </p>
  17. <p><blockquote>
  18. "In a world built on information, copyright law is important in
  19. shaping the ways in which we live and work," says Karsten Gerloff,
  20. FSFE's president. "We hope that MEPs will further strengthen the
  21. rights of users as the report moves towards a plenary vote."</blockquote></p>
  22. <p>
  23. FSFE,
  24. which <a href="http://fsfe.org/activities/policy/eu/20150605-Comments-On-Reda-Report.en.html">provided
  25. input</a> to the MEPs on the Legal Affairs committe ahead of the
  26. vote, views the adopted report as largely positive. The committee
  27. generally supported the idea that copyright exceptions and
  28. limitations should apply equally both on- and offline. The MEPs
  29. also voted in favour of allowing authors to dedicate their works
  30. directly to the public domain.
  31. </p>
  32. <p>
  33. The JURI committee adopted language stating that technological
  34. measures such as Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) should not stop
  35. users from enjoying copyright exceptions and limitations. However, the
  36. adopted report leaves out concrete measures to ensure that people can
  37. actually enjoy the full use of works that they have acquired.
  38. </p>
  39. <p>
  40. On the negative side, the text adopted today is lacking in some
  41. important respects. It does not contain an explicit statement that
  42. hyperlinks do not require a copyright license, so that this essential
  43. building block of the web remains in danger.
  44. </p>
  45. <p>
  46. Reda's proposal for an "open norm" akin to the "fair use" concept in
  47. the US was significantly weakened. The adopted wording on text and
  48. data mining is regrettably ambiguous. FSFE also regrets the deletion
  49. of language that made a clear distinction between physical and
  50. "intellectual property".
  51. </p>
  52. <p>
  53. MEPs can still submit amendments to the report. The European
  54. Parliament is scheduled to hold a plenary vote on July 9.
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