The European Parliament has today approved a controversial EU copyright overhaul that hands more power to news publishers and record companies against internet giants like Google and Facebook.

Despite an intense debate in parliament and furious lobbying ahead of the vote, MEPs meeting in Strasbourg ended up passing the draft law with 348 votes in favour, 274 against, and 36 abstentions.

European lawmakers were sharply divided on the copyright issue.

Both sides had been subjected to some of the most intense lobbying the EU has ever seen from tech giants, media firms, content creators and online freedom activists.