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EDRi's German member @digitalcourage calls on @JuliaKloeckner, the German Agriculture Minister, to vote against the copyright Directive and prevent the Article 17 (ex Art. 13) upload filters, as she will represent Germany during the vote in the @EUCouncil, at the April 15 Agriculture and Fisheries meeting. Read the letter (in German). #SaveYourInternet

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Check their Vote on the EU Copyright Directive

The directory below lists the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) of your country and how they voted during the crucial European Parliament Plenary session vote on the new EU Copyright Directive on March 26, 2019. Jump to the results below.

Please note that several MEPs ended-up "correcting" their vote afterwards. MEPs can ‘correct’ their vote in the official records up to 2 weeks after the vote, in order to indicate that they had the intention of voting differently than they did. These votes are marked as "CORRECTED" in the directory below. These corrections do not change the actual vote results.

A short explainer of how MEPs ’voting behavior is categorized:

Vote on Possibility to Change the Final Text:This column reflects how MEPs voted on the possibility to change the final text (= opening the vote on amendments). If enough MEPs would have voted FOR, then they would have had the possibility to vote on Amendments to remove (= delete) both upload filters (Article 17, ex Art. 13) and the link tax (Article 15, ex Art. 11) from the final text of the new EU Copyright Directive, before voting on the (updated) text itself. MEPs' voting behavior is displayed as follows:

  • FOR [= MEPs who voted ‘FOR’ the possibility to change the final text, allowing MEPs to vote on Amendments to remove (= delete) Articles 15 & 17 (ex Art. 11 & 13)]
  • FOR - CORRECTED [= MEPs who intended to vote ‘FOR’ - see above - but voted differently on March 26]
  • AGAINST [= MEPs who voted ‘AGAINST’ the possibility to change the final text, allowing MEPs to vote on Amendments to remove (= delete) Articles 15 & 17 (ex Art. 11 & 13)]
  • AGAINST - CORRECTED [= MEPs who intended to vote ‘AGAINST’ - see above - but voted differently on March 26]
  • ABSTAINED [= MEPs who decided to not vote in favor or against the possibility to change the final text]
  • ABSTAINED - CORRECTED [= MEPs who intended to ‘ABSTAIN’ from voting - see above - but voted differently on 26 March]
  • NOT PRESENT [= MEPs who were not present for this vote]

Final Vote on Copyright Directive: This column reflects how MEPs voted on the final text of the new EU Copyright Directive. The final text included both upload filters (Article 17, ex Art 13) and the link tax (Article 15, ex Art. 11), since the previous vote dismissed the possibility of considering amendments that proposed the deletion of these two toxic articles. The version voted on was the provisional trilogue agreement text on which the European Parliament and Council [aka EU Member States] reached an agreement on 13 February. MEPs' voting behavior is displayed as follows:

  • FOR [= MEPs who voted ‘FOR’ the final text of the Copyright Directive, including Articles 15 & 17 (ex Art. 11 & 13)]
  • FOR - CORRECTED [= MEPs who intended to vote ‘FOR’ - see above - but voted differently on March 26]
  • AGAINST [= MEPs who voted ‘AGAINST’ the final text of the Copyright Directive, including Articles 15 & 17 (ex Art. 11 & 13)]
  • AGAINST - CORRECTED [= MEPs who intended to vote ‘AGAINST’ - see above - but voted differently on March 26]
  • ABSTAINED [= MEPs who decided to not vote in favor or against the Copyright Directive]
  • ABSTAINED - CORRECTED [= MEPs who intended to ‘ABSTAIN’ from voting - see above - but voted differently on 26 March]
  • NOT PRESENT [= MEPs who were not present for this vote]

Over 130 MEPs from across the EU pledged in advance to vote in favor of deleting Article 17 (ex Art. 13) and against the final text of the new EU Copyright Directive if Article 17 (ex Art. 13) would remain in it. Check who pledged and how they voted here:

If you want to check out a more in-depth overview of MEPs ’voting behavior, covering all EU Member States, please see our spreadsheet in Excel format (with graphics) or in OpenDocument format (without graphics). The official voting records provided by the European Parliament can be found here, see pp. 50-51 for the procedural vote on the possibility to change the final text and pp. 52-53 for the final vote on the Copyright Directive.

Don’t forget to follow @FixIt_EU for updates on copyright & to follow @edri for more general updates on digital and fundamental rights issues.

How Your MEPs Voted on the EU Copyright Directive