Members of European Parliament voted to reject a bill proposing to change copyright rules on the internet, at a session in Strasbourg on Thursday. The Rapporteur of the European Parliament for Copyright Directive and a proponent of the bill Axel Voss called the bill «an end of exploitation of European artists on the internet.» Catherine Stihler, who opposed the bill, said it raised concerns... Еще for «freedom of expression.» «I ask you to refuse to fast track this law, to allow for a broad fact-based debate in September,» she added. The European Parliament then voted to reject the copyright initiative, with 278 in favour, 318 against and 31 abstentions. The decision followed two years of intense discussions, which saw numerous campaigns on both sides of the debate. If passed, internet moguls Facebook and Google would have to monitor for copyright infringements more closely. The bill had sought to empower publishers seeking to protect original content in the digital age.