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European Union politicians reject controversial copyright reforms, 'link tax' -- for now

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"We hope that the M5S members of the European Parliament are in line with Di Maio (when the directive is voted on in the European Parliament on July 5)".

Mozilla said in a statement the European Parliament "has today heard the voice of European citizens and voted against proposals that would have dealt a hammer blow to the open internet in Europe". The second, Article 13, mandates that the same platforms - estimated to cover the top 20 percent of sites-use a content filtering system to prevent copyrighted works from being uploaded to the web.

Music legend McCartney as well as major music labels and film studios have lobbied politicians urging them to back the changes.

But critics warned the reform would lead to blanket censorship by tech platforms that have become an online hub for creativity, especially Youtube. They also believed it would benefit established news institutions.

Two weeks ago, European Parliament sent the media world into a frenzy by pushing legislation that threatened to dismantle the internet as we now know it.

The EU attempted to rush the laws through and into secret negotiations with the European Council and unelected European Commission before UKIP and other parties pushed for a vote.

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The original proposal of this reform also mandated that any user that links to a news story must pay the link tax, too, but that clause was removed in the recent review by the Legal Affairs committee.

"While fully respecting the decision of the European Parliament, I am proud to have stood on the side of Maltese artists and creators", Zammit Dimech said.

"The internet must remain a place where consumers can freely share their own creations, opinions and ideas". Lawmakers are looking for a balance between making sure that creators are being properly paid while not stifling free speech or digital innovation.

They add: "The battle continues, and we need your support more than ever".

The saga isn't over yet, but it does mean that the directive will be sent back to the drawing board, and members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote again in September. "We can not fast-track such an important legislation".