EU politicians reject controversial copyright reforms, ‘link tax’

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The European Parliament has voted against the controversial Copyright Directive.


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The EU Parliament voted to reject an overhaul of EU copyright rules Thursday morning, sending the reforms back to planning.

Of the lawmakers who voted on the Copyright Directive, 318 voted against the changes in their current form and 278 voted in favor, with 31 choosing to abstain.

The reforms included two aspects that critics didn’t appreciate. Article 11 — slammed as a “link tax” — could have made internet content aggregators pay publishers for sharing links, while Article 13 would have made platforms liable for users’ copyright infringements by users. This may have limited your use of memes and GIFs.

The reforms will be debated again in September, after…

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