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The European Parliament has rejected the proposed copyright reform approved by its Legal Affairs Committee, according Telecompaper. As a result, the legislation will be amended further before negotiations can start with the Council and Commission on a final text of the new directive. 
 
The text approved last month by the legal affairs committee could have been waved through by the plenary vote in Parliament, but MEPs faced intense lobbying from the internet industry to reject the draft. In particular, an article requiring internet platforms to filter content for potential copyright violations was considered a threat to freedom of expression and led to stark warnings of a possible "end of the internet as we know it". 
 
The reform of the copyright directive to bring it up to date for the internet age has been under discussion by the EU institutions for nearly two years, after the European Commission first proposed changes in August 2016. In May, the Council of EU states approved its position on the legislation and also included increased requirements for ISPs and internet platforms to guard against illegally uploaded material protected by copyright. 
 
The directive's other controversial article introduced an option for EU states to require online aggregators to compensate publishers for reproducing parts of their news and information. The European publishers groups EMMA, ENPA, EPC and NME expressed disappointment, pointing to "manipulative anti-copyright campaigners, US internet giants and vested interests who benefit from stealing and monetising publishers’ valuable content". They said they will "fight on" to ensure the compensation option is maintained.
 
MEPs will now be asked to make further amendments to the report approved by the Legal Affairs Committee. The amended report will be presented to the full Parliament for another vote in September.