The European Parliament passed the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive, a unified set of laws governing intellectual property rights in the European Union, by a vote of 348 to 274. The law will not go into effect unless the European Council passes it with a “formal endorsement,” via a simple majority. Once that happens, each country will have to implement the law by 2020. The version passed includes two particularly controversial sections: Article 11, which enables publishers to charge platforms (like websites) for using even brief pieces of content, and Article 13, which would make websites legally liable for hosting material that infringes copyright.
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