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#Media4EU 15-03-2017

European media ‘deeply regrets’ EU plans to ditch search engine payouts

European media groups voiced concern Tuesday (14 March) that the European Union could ditch plans to force search engines like Google to pay them when their content is used.

Elections 02-03-2017

Fillon’s former deputy backs controversial copyright reform

The European Parliament’s Committee on Culture, usually a staunch defender of authors’ rights, has proposed a series of new exceptions to the copyright reforms under development at EU level. Rapporteur Marc Joulaud is a former deputy of François Fillon and employer of his wife Penelope. EURACTIV France reports.

Digital 14-02-2017

Copyright waiver for visually impaired persons greenlit by EU court

A copyright waiver that is intended to facilitate visually-impaired access to literature has been given the go-ahead by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), after eight member states filed a dispute.

Digital 08-02-2017

EU agrees landmark deal on cross-border portability for online subscriptions

European Union institutions moved a step closer yesterday (7 February) to letting consumers access their online subscriptions for services like Netflix or Sky when they travel across the bloc.

Languages & Culture 03-02-2017

Commission stalling on copyright waiver for visually impaired persons

The European Commission has asked the Court of Justice (ECJ) for legal advice about an international treaty it signed in 2014 that helps provide access to literature for visually impaired people through copyright exemptions. But it is yet to ratify the agreement.

Digital 16-01-2017

Reda: ‘EU copyright reform would benefit fake news sites’

Günther Oettinger is leading the EU’s copyright reform efforts. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, MEP Julia Reda warned this would threaten the freedom of online news publications and benefit false news outlets at the expense of journalists and small publishers.

Digital 14-09-2016

Commission pushes controversial ‘Google tax’ to save news publishers

EU plans to charge internet companies for linking to online news were presented today (14 September) after a heated, two-year-long fight over whether the “Google tax” will help publishers stay profitable—or simply be overzealous regulation that could "break the internet".

Digital 06-09-2016

The EU just told data mining startups to take their business elsewhere

Startups will be hurt by a restriction on text and data mining in the European Commission’s proposal to change EU copyright law, writes Lenard Koschwitz.

Digital 31-08-2016

Leaked bill forces broadcasters to put TV online across EU

Broadcasters may be forced to show content across the EU, not just in the country where they're based, under draft legislation put forward in the face of strident opposition from major companies across Europe.

Digital 11-08-2016

Media, sports companies rattled by planned EU copyright shake-up

The media and sports industries are preparing to lock horns with the European Commission over its plans to shake up copyright law to make more films, sports and TV shows available online throughout the 28-nation bloc.

Digital 11-07-2016

Commission asked to crack down on YouTube, Spotify, Netflix in copyright bill

Two groups representing the film and music industry wrote to Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday (11 July) asking the European Commission to crack down on internet companies they say are exploiting artists.

Digital 25-05-2016

EU plans to free up online shopping, set Netflix quotas

The EU is set to unveil proposals Wednesday (25 May) to make firms lift international barriers for Internet shoppers, and to force Netflix and Amazon to accept quotas for European movies and TV shows.

Digital 13-05-2016

Consumers back Commission on protecting digital subscriptions abroad

Consumer organisations are fighting with specific member states, including France, Italy, Spain and Greece, to limit access to subscriber content, such as films and music, when travelling abroad.

Digital 07-04-2016

Making a bad idea worse: Commission disguises ‘Google tax’ for publishers

The European Commission launched yet another consultation on copyright last month, and this one could result in a 'Google tax' for news. Europe needs to avoid that, writes Diana Cocoru.

Digital 07-04-2016

Fight over ‘Google tax’ brews ahead of autumn copyright proposal

EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced that the executive will propose its new copyright law in September or October. But, in the interim, ferocious debate is raging over whether it should include a controversial 'Google tax'.

Private copying in Spain: A slap in the face for authors

The Spanish government’s decision to limit the amount of compensation payable to rightsholders is a slap in the face to authors, as well as to the culture industry, writes Fernando Carbajo Cascón.

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip and Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger
Digital 12-02-2016

Commission still undecided on ‘Google tax’

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip sent a letter to MEPs today (12 February) insisting that the European Commission still hasn't decided whether it will include a so-called 'Google tax' in its upcoming copyright proposal.

EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Vice President Andrus Ansip and Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova
Digital 09-12-2015

Commission wants consumers to access digital content when they travel

The European Commission proposed a new regulation today (9 December) to allow residents of the EU to access legal digital content when they're traveling outside the country they live in.

Languages & Culture 27-08-2015

Brussels launches public consultation on geo-blocking

The European Commission has launched a public consultation into the 1993 Satellite and Cable Directive, as a first step in its review of copyright law for online audiovisual content. EURACTIV Italy reports.

EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger has signaled serveral times that he's in favour of an EU 'Google tax'
Digital 15-07-2015

Copyright reform: Oettinger open to Spanish ‘Google tax’ model

EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger said that he prefers Spain's controversial ancillary copyright law on Tuesday (14 July), sometimes nicknamed a 'Google tax', to the German model.

Copyright rapporteur MEP Julia Reda called for a rejection of the Google tax amendment
Digital 09-07-2015

Copyright: MEPs ditch plans for Google Tax, tourist photo ban

Members of the European Parliament have struck down two controversial amendments from a report on copyright reform - rules over the right to take photos of buildings and an EU "Google Tax".

The European Parliament will vote on MEP Julia Reda's copyright report next month
Digital 22-06-2015

UK ruling on private copying highlights contested part of EU copyright talks

A British court ruled on Friday (19 June) against legal copying of music for private use. A judge sided with UK music industry groups in the case, saying exceptions to copyright law introduced by the UK government last fall would damage rightsholders.

Digital 17-06-2015

MEPs vote to protect geo-blocking from copyright reform

MEPs have watered down the report by Pirate Party member Julia Reda on copyright reform, refusing to accept the harmonisation of exceptions and asking the Commission to rethink the question of geo-blocking. EURACTIV France reports

Digital 09-06-2015

MEP Reda: Commission is too cautious on geo-blocking and copyright law

The European Commission is aiming to tear down “regulatory walls” for digital products and services and turn 28 national markets into a single digital market. But plans on geo-blocking and copyright law are too cautious, says MEP Julia Reda from the Pirate Party in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.