Tears of joy or tears of sorrow? European Parliament approves biggest overhaul in copyright law for 20 years
On Tuesday 26 March 2019, news broke that the new Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market had been voted through the EU Parliament. The Directive, which has been the subject of the most intensive lobbying ever experienced in relation to new legislation, passed through the EU Parliament with 348 votes in favour, 274 votes against and 24 abstentions.
Today, 26 February 2019, Members of the European Parliament (the Legal Affairs Committee) have approved the draft text of the new Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market. The draft legislation was approved by 16 votes in favour and 9 votes against and no abstentions. The final vote in Parliament is scheduled to take place during the 25-28 March II plenary session.