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The EU Parliament has rejected the controversial digital copyright rules in a voting panel today. MEPs choose a resolution which can suspend the new EU privacy policy. Almost 318 MEPs have voted against this policy while 278 are in favor of this act, the most discussed infringement law of EU now called as Copyright Directive was introduced to make better the copyright law.

The resolution states:

Takes the view that the current Privacy Shield arrangement does not provide the adequate level of protection required by Union data protection law and the EU Charter as interpreted by the European Court of Justice;

Considers that, unless the US is fully compliant by 1 September 2018, the Commission has failed to act in accordance with Article 45(5) GDPR; calls therefore on the Commission to suspend the Privacy Shield until the US authorities comply with its terms.

EU has to receive criticism specifically for two laws which is Articles 11 and 13, the first article 11 is of link text which would force internet platforms like Facebook and Google to pay any organization before linking to their content. Article 13 was an upload filter which is programmed to check all uploaded content for copyright infringement. As many people have refused to obey this legislation signed a petition “Save your internet” and which has got 700,000 signatures, but the protestors have to keep up pressure if they want a permanent victory.

The Mozilla head of EU public policy said, “The EU Parliament has today heard the voice of European citizens and voted against proposals that would have dealt a hammer blow to the open internet in Europe, The future of an open internet and creativity in Europe depends on it.”

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The rejection of the Copyright Directive will be a happy news for most of the online media giants because they were worried about the adverse effects of laws that how it damage online creativity which eventually means an end to sharing memes. However, its good to know that no such thing happened and even after rejection both parties will gain benefit from it. Some protestors have said that they thought all debates and discussions would be held only between EU parliament lawmakers and members of the state with no chance to show their stance against the law. Instead, their vote and support saved the digital rights and pleased both sides, giving authority to Copyright holders without compromising the freedom of online media.

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