The European Parliament voted today to approve a proposed reform of copyright rules for the internet age, closing a chapter of intense lobbying that pitted internet giants and their backers against publishers, media groups and record labels.
The Parliament voted with 438 in favor, 226 against and 39 abstentions for the amendments, largely supporting amendments put forward by the files rapporteur Axel Voss.
The publishers right and reforms to bridge an online value gap for artists were approved in accordance with the rapporteurs position.
The copyright proposal, a first version of which was rejected by Parliament in July, is designed to change the negotiating position of creators and publishers with internet giants like Google.
The proposal will now go to three-way negotiations with the European Commission and the Council of the EU.