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The internet is about to change forever. The European Parliament has backed controversial changes to copyright laws that critics argue could fundamentally change how the internet works.

The Copyright Directive, which was backed by 348 MEPs with 274 against, is the first major update to copyright law in the European Union since 2001. At its heart is Article 13, now known as Article 17, which puts a far greater onus on major tech platforms to stop copyrighted material from being illegally uploaded to their platforms.

Want to know more about the implications fo Article 13 being passed? Read our in-depth report on the landmark vote. Want to understand more about the legislation? Our Article 13 explainer has got you covered.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws that put the Copyright Directive into effect. It remains to be seen how the new laws will be implemented on a country by country basis, but there’s already been plenty of reaction to one of the most significant moments in the history of online legislation.

Read how the internet reacted here at Wired.

Source: Wired