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EU backs new controversial copyright laws

Yesterday, MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) voted in favour of a series of law changes concerning the internet and copyright. The copyright reform could change how the internet treats user-generated content.

The most controversial parts of the reform are Article 13, which requires internet platforms to ensure that agreements with right holders for the use of their work are respected, and Article 11, which entails online platforms paying news organisations for the use of their content.

While as many argue that the reforms are necessary to compensate creators and artists, opponents mean than it could destroy user-generated content such as memes. Some fear that it could result in a restriction on free speech.

The rule changes still need to be signed off before the EU countries can draft local laws and put them into effect.