copyright

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.
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
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Digital 15-05-2015

Denmark partners with tech companies to take on piracy

The Danish Ministry of Culture announced last week (8 May) that it's organising a campaign to target pirated content on the internet, partnering on a voluntary basis with internet service providers and tech companies, including Google and Microsoft.
Languages & Culture 08-05-2015

Commission dilutes copyright reform in digital strategy

Rights holders breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday (6 May), when the European Commission unveiled its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy. The executive's determination to tackle copyright reform has waned in the face of fierce oppposition. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 07-05-2015

EU ‘racing to catch up’ with Digital Single Market plan

The European Commission has announced its long-awaited strategy for a Digital Single Market, with issues ranging from consumer rights in online retail, copyright and data protection to network expansion and the use of modern techniques for industry. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 26-03-2015

Brussels tackles territorial copyright in digital strategy

The European Commission is preparing to unlock territorial copyright protection for TV, film and music, as part of its Digital Single Market (DSM) blueprint, unveiled on Wednesday (25 March). But it will also include key exemptions for the audiovisual sector, officials told EURACTIV.
Digital 16-03-2015

Cultural industries unite against copyright reform

France's cultural industries have shown their determination to fight European copyright reform plans. A parallel movement among members of the European Parliament hopes to have the Electronic Commerce Directive re-examined as part of the reform package. EURACTIV France reports
Languages & Culture 13-03-2015

Private copying levy in EU’s firing line

The private copying levy, invented in France in the 1980s and now commonplace across the EU, is a subject of friction between rights holders and distributors. Critics highlight the system's lack of transparency and unequal application across the EU. EURACTIV France reports
Digital 12-03-2015

Geo-blocking attacked from all sides

Criticism of copyright law has crystallised around the territorial restriction of content within the EU. The subject of "geo-blocking" is high on the European Commission's list of priorities. EURACTIV France reports
Digital 16-01-2015

Oettinger playing ‘catch-up’ on EU digital infrastructure

During a visit to Berlin, Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger called for increased investment in Europe’s digital infrastructure, explaining that the economy alone will not be able to close the significant investment gap. EURACTIV Germany reports.
[Daniel Grosvenor/Flickr]
Languages & Culture 16-10-2014

Piracy, the quiet killer of the EU’s cultural industries

The European creative economy shrank between 2008 and 2011 due to inadequate measures to combat piracy. EURACTIV France reports
Campaign against Spain's canon AEDE law: "Linking is not a crime" [Miguel Angel Aranda (Viper)/Flickr]
Digital 01-08-2014

Spanish law raises concerns of EU-level ‘Google Tax’

Spanish newspaper publishers could soon demand fees from news aggregators like Google News for posting links to their articles. The law is the latest in a series of similar initiatives by national legislators, leaving EU stakeholders wondering if the Commission will follow suit with EU law.
Languages & Culture 07-04-2014

French forum calls for increased funding for EU culture

The French minister of culture, Aurélie Filippetti, united her European counterparts to push for more public and private support to reap the benefits of digital technology. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 14-11-2013

TV, film industry pledge easier cross-border copyright

European consumers should find it easier to access television and films from their home state when travelling through the continent if pledges made by the audiovisual sector to the Commission yesterday (13 November) are honoured.