Julia Reda and the European Parliament

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Since her election to the European Parliament in 2014 as the only representative of the German Pirate Party, the 30-year-old MEP has made weakening copyright protections her single-issue crusade…

Reda has accepted that the final version of the legislation winding its way through the Brussels will fall short of her ideals. But as a European Commission proposal moves through the European Parliament, she’s holding out hope of pushing through at least a few of her key changes…

Already, she has helped push through important concessions in the proposed legislation, such as allowing scientists to use computers to comb through large amounts of published research without breaching copyright law. She has also set her eyes on overturning a controversial bit of the Commission’s proposal that would allow news publishers to charge companies like Google when they display parts of their articles, including headlines and snippets.

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