The European Parliament in Strasbourg. Members of the parliament on Thursday opted to reject a copyright law which now has to go back to tripartite discussions. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The European Parliament has narrowly voted to reject draft reforms to the EU’s copyright laws, delivering a partial victory for campaigners including (...)

Granting copyright protection to hyperlinks would ‘essentially break the internet as we know it’,  Jakob Kucharczyk of the Computer and Communications Industry Association said in response to a European Court of Justice ruling yesterday which stipulated that websites were allowed to link to freely available content without asking permission of the copyright holder.

Websites can link to freely available online content without seeking permission from the copyright owner, the European Union’s highest court ha(...)