Meps are due to vote on important amendments to the copyright law, which has divided experts and has proved to be controversial.
The former Beatle Paul McCartney has written to politicians asking them to support the changes.
The new law would put a greater responsibility on the individual pages of the web sites for copyright violations.
But web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and others have expressed concerns about the proposed regulation, which they say threaten the freedom of the internet.What are they voting for?
The copyright Directive is intended to bring the rules on content in line with the digital age.
The two most controversial parts of the Article 11 and Article 13.
The first of these is intended to provide fair remuneration to publishers and prevent online sharing of content, platforms and news aggregators to share links without paying for them. But it has been called the “link tax” by opponents and raised questions as to who will pay and how much.
Article 13 puts more of the burden of web sites to enforce copyright laws and could mean that any online platform that allows users to send text, images, sounds, or the code will need a way to evaluate and filter the content.Who supports it?
Supporters of amendments to the rules, claim to improve the rules on copyright, giving intellectual property protection to news and video content.
“Today, any user to upload content to the platforms of refusing to compensate artists and music creators fairly for their work, while they exploit for their own profit,” it said in the letter to Sir Paul McCartney.
“The proposal of the copyright Directive and Article 13 to address the value gap and ensure a sustainable future for the music ecosystem and its creators, digital music fans of similar services.”
Centre-right German MEP Axel Voss is in charge of pushing through legislation and recently released a video intended to counter what he calls the “false news” about the legislation.
He said the reaction to the law was to “go beyond what is acceptable”.
“We are not the end of the internet”, he added.Who opposes?
Critics claim that Article 13 could have a huge impact on how people use the internet, putting paid to memes and remixes.
In particular, there are concerns that there will be a need for web sites to scan all the contents that are loaded automatically block anything that might infringe on the copyright.
The use of artificial intelligence in the filters, it may mean that you will not be able to distinguish between content that violates the copyright and fair use, as satire, and memes, they say.
A petition against the change – known as the Save Your the Internet – has gained 750,000 signatures.
And a letter signed by 70 influential technology leaders, including Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee, has described as a “imminent threat to the future of the internet.
Italy Wikipedia shut down for a day at the beginning of this week in protest at the plans of which he is also co-founder Jimmy Wales has described as “disastrous”.
The editors wrote that “Wikipedia itself would be at risk of closing”.
“If the proposal is approved, it may be impossible to share a newspaper article on a social network or find it on a search engine,” he said.What happens after that?
After the vote, the legislation is set to be discussed behind closed doors discussions between EU legislators and the member states, but MEPS will have the opportunity to oppose this.
The so-called trilogue negotiations with the aim of speeding up the process of adopted laws – but some say that this is undemocratic.