European Commission officials should not be "influenced behind closed doors" during private meetings with MEPs on the implementation of the copyright directive, says a letter penned by a cross-section of EU Parliamentarians.
High-ranking representatives of the European Commission's DG Connect will brief EU lawmakers as part of an 'in camera' meeting on Friday (12 February), after a contingent of parliament members wrote to the EU executive to voice their concerns on guidance issued for the EU's copyright directive.
A group of EU civil society organisations has written to the European Commission's Internal Market chief Thierry Breton, highlighting 'grave fundamental rights concerns' related to the Commission's draft guidance on the application of the copyright directive.
The European Commission has assured those involved that the EU's controversial copyright directive is "not in danger," following Google's announcement that it will avoid renumerating content creators by implementing technical changes to the way it displays news online.
In an interview with EURACTIV'S media partner EuroEFE, German MEP Axel Voss, rapporteur for the controversial European "copyright" directive, defends the need to combat monopolies on the Internet, including that of the US giant Google.
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.