The legislative body of the European Union voted Thursday against a law that would have significantly reformed copyright rules on the Internet, Politico reported

The European Parliament rejected legislation that would have implemented harsher copyright enforcement rules online. The bill was controversial, as opponents warned it could alter the future of the web.

The bill, which passed through committee last month, would have required companies like Google and Facebook to buy licenses from news media companies before running links to their stories on their platforms.

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