copyright

15-04-2019

Censorship fears linger as copyright directive overcomes final hurdle

A "censorship of the internet" could be in store as a direct result of the EU's new rules on Copyright protection, a Polish government minister said on Monday (15 April), as EU member states approved the controversial plans after more than two years.
26-03-2019

MEPs back historic plans to overhaul copyright law

The European Parliament backed historic measures to reform EU copyright law on Tuesday (26 March) in a move set to have a far-reaching impact on rights for content creators and artists across the continent. 
26-03-2019

EU copyright reforms pit creative industry against internet activists, consumers

Europe’s creative industries are urging EU lawmakers to back a proposed overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules, putting them at odds with internet activists who oppose a requirement to install filters to block copyright material. The European Parliament is due to vote on the controversial plans today (26 March).
Digital 19-03-2019

Copyright MEP in bomb threat scare

German police are investigating the Bonn office of Axel Voss, the MEP leading the controversial copyright directive through the European Parliament, after he was the subject of a bomb threat last week, German media are reporting.
Digital 27-02-2019

Copyright reform: A Visegrád analysis

EU institutions concluded negotiations on the Commission’s controversial copyright reform earlier this month. Political clashes that emerged across the EU also exposed harsh divisions between the Visegrád group of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. EURACTIV's Visegrád members report.
27-02-2019

Copyright debate nearing end as MEPs rubber stamp plans

EU copyright rules are on the brink of a radical overhaul after lawmakers in the European Parliament's legal affairs committee provisionally backed plans on Wednesday (26 February) recently agreed with EU ministers.
Digital 20-02-2019

EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook

European Union countries on Wednesday (20 February) endorsed an overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.
14-02-2019

Deal struck on copyright reform after ‘intense’ negotiations

The future of online copyright is set to be radically transformed as Parliament and Council negotiators struck an agreement on the controversial Copyright Directive on Wednesday (13 February) evening, over two years after the measures were first introduced by the Commission.
Digital 10-02-2019

EU countries agree on copyright reforms, deal in sight next week

The European Union’s effort to rewrite two-decade old copyright rules to take into account online platforms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google moved a step forward on Friday (8 February) when a majority of member countries agreed on a common position for talks with lawmakers next week.
Digital 08-02-2019

Copyright: ‘France has completely won the discussion,’ says MEP Reda

Ahead of a crunch meeting between EU ambassadors on Friday (8 February), EURACTIV Slovakia sat down with Green MEP Julia Reda to chew the fat over the controversial copyright directive.
Digital 21-01-2019

Copyright directive faces further setback as final trilogue postponed

The controversial EU copyright directive faces a further setback after the final inter-institutional negotiations set to take place on Monday evening (21 January) were cancelled on Friday.
Digital 18-01-2019

Copyright directive faces tough test as EU ambassadors meet

EU ambassadors convene on Friday morning (18 January) to try and reach a provisional deal on the controversial copyright directive ahead of final "trialogue" talks next Monday (21 January). Meanwhile, lobbyists in Brussels ramp up their opposition against the bill.
#Media4EU 18-01-2019

Protecting journalism is not synonymous with protecting the interests of big press publishers

The review of the EU Copyright Directive must ensure that publishers, regardless of their size, equally benefit from this reform, writes Carlos Astiz.
The Commission and Member States should start looking carefully at the developments in blockchain technology.
28-11-2017

Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reform

Blockchain technology can provide a win-win-win between the fight against censorship, verified traceability of digital artworks, and a fair remuneration for its creators. The copyright reform debate is a good opportunity to embed blockchain and create a better regulatory framework, argues Brando Benifei.
Digital 13-04-2017

EU copyright directive means trouble for our startups

Startups in Europe can only be successful if they have solid rules in the online space. But in an attempt to limit the power of tech giants, the European Union risks hampering the next generation of European startups too, writes Lenard Koschwitz.
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 14-09-2016

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.
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.

190 tonnes of illegal pesticides seized by Europol

Around 190 tonnes of illegal pesticides have been discovered at airports and harbours in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain, Europol on Friday (18 December). EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
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.
Kraftwerk is emboiled in a copyright fight that could end up in a European court
Digital 25-11-2015

Kraftwerk kraut-rocked by court copyright fight

Germany's highest court was examining today (25 November) a case that erupted 18 years ago over a German hip hop artist's two-second sample of a tune by electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk.
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.

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