Lawmakers have approved a sweeping overhaul of copyright rules, dealing with them.
The European Parliament voted Tuesday to approve fiercely contested changes that make platforms seeks as YouTube responsible for copyright infringements committed by their users.
Sites like Google News could be required to pay publishers for snippets of their content.
The proposal was rejected by tech companies, which they said they would not need. Internet activists argued that the changes would lead to censorship.
On the other side of the two-year battle were record labels, artists and media companies. They are copyrighted for the Internet age and will ensure they are up and running.
Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, said the vote would "put an end to the existing digital Wild West by establishing modern rules."
By copyright, such as quotations or parody. They could not even kill off internet memes.
EU member states move to implement new rules, "the company said in a statement.
Julia Reda, member of European Parliament from Germany said: "dark day for internet freedom."
The vote Tuesday has been endorsed by the European Council, which represents the bloc's member states. The European Council has said it will approve the measure, but implementation will take two years.