EU lawmakers back preliminary deal on copyright reforms

the bill, which still needs to go to the 28 member states for approval, has faced criticism by some for stifling internet freedom and creativity. The legislature approved the bill after a three-year process with 348-274 votes, with 36 abstentions. It now goes to the member states for a final approval next month after they have already given it their provisional backing last month. The most controversial section would require companies such as YouTube and Facebook to take responsibility for copyrighted material that's uploaded to their platforms. Opponents claim that could restrict freedom of speech, hamper online creativity and force websites to install filters.