Additionally, EU Member States finally adopted new rules to make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programmes on their online services available across borders.
The bill itself was approved by the European Parliament in March; the latest vote just confirms the individual votes of member states.
Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Finland and Sweden voted against adopting the directive, and Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia abstained. Big EU states like the United Kingdom, France and Germany all voted in favour of the bill.
The good news? Nothing moves quickly in the EU.
European Union member states will have two years to implement the reforms, although it is not clear what it would mean for the United Kingdom in the face of Brexit uncertainty. Accompanying statements emphasise regret that the legislative institutions have not been able to come up with a concept of copyright liability that all stakeholders deem fair and compelling.
The most controversial part of the bill is Article 13 (later renamed Article 17), which makes tech and social media companies liable, forcing them to ensure copyrighted content is not uploaded on their platforms. For example, Germany said that it must be the aim to render so-called "upload filters" largely unnecessary in practice.
Under the new rules, search engines like Google will have to sign licensing agreements with musicians, performers, authors and news publishers to use their work in its search results.
In the agreed text of article 15, the reproduction of more than single words or very short extracts of a news story would require a licence.