Much has been written about article 11 and article 13 in recent months. It is not yet clear what these changes will be, but it is known that the Internet and the work of content producers will change.
If it was true that these two measures had to be approved and put into operation, an important change took place. The European Union has canceled the vote prepared for tomorrow, due to doubts in the final version of its text.
Is this the end of article 11 and article 13?
It was tomorrow that the final version of the text that would be included in article 11 and in article 13 in the European Union will be voted. This would be the last step towards its adoption and coming into force in the near future.
But this vote has been postponed, without expiration, because several countries are not in agreement with the final text. These same countries doubt that this text can protect users from the way they advertise.
BREAKAGE: the Council failed to reach an agreement on his #Copyright position today. This does not mean that # Article 11 is # Article 13 they are dead, but their adoption has become much less probable. Let's continue the pressure now! https://t.co/DEYBhuRyGz #SaveYourInternet
– Julia Reda (@Senficon) January 18, 2019
The European Union will rewrite these points
In all, 11 countries are against this text, which led to the suspension of the expected vote. The proposal presented for the first time by the Romanian Council presidency was also under evaluation. Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and Slovenia have already voted against last week.
To these are added also Italy, Sweden, Poland, Croatia, Luxembourg and Portugal. With the exception of Portugal and Croatia, all these countries were already known to have positions against Article 11 and Article 13.
What will happen to the Internet now?
This change is not the (expected) death of these measures, but means a delay in their implementation. It is hoped that the final text will soon be reviewed and rewritten. You will probably agree with what all the countries of the European Union agree on.
This is obviously also a moment of reflection for all the elements that are connected to this change. It is important to assess whether these are really necessary measures. It should also be considered if they are effective in protecting users and shared content.