The European Parliament has voted to pass the new EU Copyright Directive. This is when things get messy.
Over the last few months, the crucial vote had been portrayed as a decisive battle over the future of the internet as we know it. Whether you believed that or not, the vote revealed what side of the debate you stood on.
We have been here before: the directive was already rejected in a vote in July, following an energetic opposition campaign orchestrated by prominent technologists and internet grandees – including the inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Far from being killed, though, the legislation was simply reassessed, with MEPs putting forward over 100 amendments.