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29/09/2016

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

Topic: copyright


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 14-09-2016

Juncker to announce €200 billion extra funds in 'State of the Union' speech

Energy and digital infrastructure projects are expected to receive a further €200 billion funding boost under plans to be announced today (14 September) by the President of the European Commission in his State of the Union address.
Digital 09-09-2016

Europe lunges towards a pyrrhic victory in copyright 'modernisation' effort

Maintaining the existing balanced approach to intermediary liability – consistent with both EU and US commitments to both a free and open internet and meaningful copyright protections – will enable European startups and other firms to thrive, writes Josh Kallmer.
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 27-05-2016

Member states agree to let subscribers use Netflix when they travel in the EU

EU countries struck a deal on a draft bill that would allow residents to use digital subscriptions like Netflix when they travel to other member states.
Digital 17-05-2016

Major reshuffle planned at Commission's DG Connect

The European Commission will reshuffle its digital policy department DG Connect this summer, according to a leaked plan obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 06-05-2016

Commission's digital single market turns one and has a big seven months ahead

The European Commission's digital single market strategy turns one year old today. With seven months left in the 16-point policy plan, the executive has only scratched the surface.
Trade & Society 20-04-2016

The Trade Secrets Directive: What it does - and does not - mean

In the three years it was debated in the European Parliament, the recently-adopted Trade Secrets Directive generated no small amount of controversy and myths. EurActiv France attempts to separate fact from fiction.
Digital 15-04-2016

Ansip fires back against member states' push to limit digital content portability

European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip rejected some member states' proposal to limit the number of days of that digital content like Netflix can be accessed when Europeans are traveling in other EU countries.
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'.