Changes to the EU’s controversial copyright rules do not go far enough in protecting freedom of speech, said West Midlands MEP James Carver, who voted against the directive today.
Speaking from Strasbourg, he said he did not believe the amendments would make any difference to concerns that the directive would censor free speech on the web and curtail the development of small and micro platforms.
“The aim of giving fair payments to musicians, performers, authors and journalists when their work is used is laudable but I do not believe it will happen as a result of this directive.
“All this will do is protect the massive internet platforms and big music labels at the cost of free speech and do nothing to assist the very people it claims to want to help.”
He was one of 226 MEPs to vote against the digital copyright rules, which were carried by 438 votes, with 39 abstentions.