|MEPs postpone EU copyright law issue till the autumn: MEPs voted by a margin of 40 to delay implementation of controversial new copyright law till September 2018. A new Bill is intended to protect musicians and artists who feel they are losing royalties as a result of internet uploads to YouTube and FaceBook – Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Placido Domingo, among 1,300 musicians, feel aggrieved .
But many feel the Bill goes too far and would needlessly censor the web. Disability Rights UK, for example, could find its own work hampered by a law change.
Article 13 of the Bill would require web platforms provided by Google, Microsoft, Wikipedia and internet companies to install copyright filters on material posted – basically any website that allows users to post text, images, sounds or code will need a way to assess and filter content, including your web host. This could prevent people from seeing important information if these automatic filters block them for reasons of copyright.
In addition to this, Article 11 could require web publishers, such as Disability Rights UK and other charities, to pay a ‘link tax’ when posting snippets of news from other outlets, which may hinder our ability to link to key reports and news items.
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Our Manifesto for disability rights in a Brexit UK: Disability Rights UK has produced a manifesto on what the disability rights sector should be seeking from a post-EU UK.
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Main proposals of the manifesto
- All EU-based disability rights existing at the time the UK leaves the EU to be maintained
- Maintenance of existing disability rights which are incorporated in domestic law at the time of exit
- Continued Government commitment to the UK being ahead of the curve on disability rights
- At least matching current EU funding in real terms of DPOs and disability rights
- A full equality impact assessment by Government of plans for freedom of movement
- Continued mutual recognition initiatives useful to disabled people
- Giving the UNCRPD heightened status in domestic UK law
- Continued commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights
Fundamental drivers of good co-production in the commissioning of disabled peoples’ services: The small things in the practices of co-production really matter, so that disabled people can have a stronger voice in the commissioning of social and health services. Read this new blog from Anna Denham who has worked on several projects for Disability Rights UK, mostly in the field of research and policy impact.