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The EU is voting on new copyright laws

Platforms could have to pay a fee for citing someone else's content - but some big names in the internet world aren't happy about it

The EU is voting on a new law about copyright infringements online, and some very big names are speaking out about it.

What it means: Managing intellectual property online has been a challenge online since forever.

It's both a practical question: how do you monitor use of information online? - and a political one: do you believe knowledge can and should be owned by individuals?

The most controversial parts of what the EU's voting on today are Article 11, which states content-sharing platforms need to pay a fee to publishers for sharing links to their content; and Article 13, which says online platforms need to get better at filtering content on their site which isn't properly copyrighted.

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, and Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the web, have spoken out against it. But a bunch of artists and musicians – most famously Paul McCartney – have spoken out in favour, saying this will protect artists' profits.

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