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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.