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Hugely Contentious European Copyright Directive Voted Through

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Welcomed by British creatives, slammed by British tech

The European Parliament has voted in favour of the bitterly contentious Copyright Directive, with 438 in favour of the reforms against 226 against, with 39 abstentions.

One of the most controversial elements in the directive, Article 13, requires sites to filter all submissions against a database of copyrighted works—creating what the Electronic Frontier Foundation refers to as a “censorship machine” of algorithmic filters.

The European Commission argues that only large repeat offenders will be tackled.

Article 11, meanwhile, aims to tackle unfair use of published content taken from press and news websites.

The Directive will now go to three-way negotiations between the Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU.

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