European copyright directive passed despite campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activists

A controversial directive introducing sweeping changes to copyright enforcement across Europe has been approved by the European parliament, despite ferocious campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activists.

The European copyright directive, voted in by 348 MEPs to 274 against, is best known for two provisions it contains: articles 11 and 13, dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter”, respectively, by opponents.

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