'Of course reaching this broad majority came at a price', said Pirate MEP Julia Reda (Photo: European Parliament)

Copyright: Anatomy of a controversial report

The European Parliament's text on copyright sailed through committee on Tuesday but only after a long and difficult fight by its author, including to overcome prejudice about her political colours.

The report’s progress was minutely followed by rights holders and publishers, although as non-binding text, it has no legal standing and can, in theory, simply be ignored.

“They have given this report the weight in the public eye by going completely crazy about it”, German MEP Julia Red...

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