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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Copyright in the Digital Single Market (debate)

  Yana Toom (ALDE). – Madam President, the fact that this Directive took two and half years doesn’t make it better, unfortunately. The impact of this Directive on human rights is drastic, as has been pointed out by academics, digital rights NGOs and David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, in particular when it comes to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which clearly states that everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. This is exactly what Articles 11 and 13 will breach by creating obstacles in the way we seek, receive and impart information. It is clear that the rights of creators need to be protected, but creators and rightholders are not the same and we need to consider that this proposal is not balanced. We are putting the rights of a small group ahead of the rights of everyone else. The last time we voted in September, there were several alternatives on the table. Now that is not the case. It is either accept Articles 11 and 13 as is or reject them. I would like to urge my colleagues to vote to delete these articles. The damage to our fundamental rights will simply be too high.

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