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Agreement reached on controversial copyright laws

A provisional deal has been agreed on contentious proposed changes to EU copyright laws, with specific provisions agreed for research and education, despite concerns remaining about the potential impact of the new laws.

Trilogue negotiations between the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the EU on the proposals reached a conclusion late on 13 February. The agreement will now be put to votes in the Parliament and Council, with some campaigners still hoping for large-scale changes or outright rejection.

Much of the controversy has raged around two parts of the proposals: Article 11, which would introduce a new right for press publishers regarding use of their content by websites; and Article 13, which would impose take-down requirements on online platforms.

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