The European Union has a controversial and sweeping reform of its copyright rules to protect content creators but that includes provisions critics and tech giants have argued will signficantly reduce free speech online.
The rules were passed by the , but still needed the final approval of member governments to go into effect. Opponents were hoping to make one last stand against the legislation, but instead 19 of the 28 member countries voted in favor of the overhaul.
“With today’s agreement, we are making copyright rules fit for the digital age,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a statement. “Europe will now have clear rules that guarantee fair remuneration for creators, strong rights for users and responsibility for platforms. When it comes to completing