from Breitbart Website
The European Parliament
has voted to delay new copyright laws
that would have required the monitoring
of all online uploads
and could have effectively outlawed
The proposed laws come amid a sustained effort by the European Union (EU) to regulate expression online and were met with a 'Save Your Internet' campaign which united activists across the political divide.
The EU attempted to rush the laws through and into secret negotiations with the European Council and unelected European Commission before UKIP and other parties pushed for a vote.
A total of 318 MEPs voted against opening the secret talks this Wednesday, with 278 voting favor and 31 abstaining.
The result delays the final decision and gives the European Parliament more time to deliberate and amend the proposals before a decision is taken in September.
Mr. Batten said Thursday that he wanted the final text to protect "alternative media" after critics claimed the 'link tax', whereby websites would be charged for referencing content, would hand the well-resourced mainstream media an advantage.
A series of high profile figures had joined the campaign against the proposals, including,
In favor of the proposals were some wealthy musicians, including former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, as well as many large publishing groups.
Julia Reda, a Pirate Party MEP who helped start the campaign, tweeted: