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#Media4EU 28-08-2018

Leading journalists join call for EU copyright reform

Leading journalists from more than 20 countries joined a call Tuesday (27 August) for European MPs to approve a controversial media reform aimed at forcing internet giants to pay for news content.
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EU Court upholds blocking copyright-infringing websites

Internet access providers can be requested to block websites infringing copyright, the European Court of Justice said yesterday (27 March) in a historic ruling aimed at limiting online piracy.
Technology 29-05-2013

EU countries to clash over copyright levies

EU ministers meeting in Brussels today (29 May) for the Competitiveness Council are set to clash over proposals to transform the European creative sector by reforming the continent’s fragmented copyright levy system. While France and Belgium want strong protection for authors, other countries favour a more liberal approach.
Technology 06-12-2012

EU mulls more flexible online copyright law

Internet users in Europe may be allowed to reproduce parts of some copyrighted files legally under reforms to outdated rules governing the murky world of online piracy, EU officials said yesterday (5 December).
Trade & Society 13-07-2012

Brussels proposes changes to EU copyright law

Following concerns over financial irregularities and difficult online licencing, the European Commission has proposed a new directive requiring copyright collecting societies to increase their transparency, efficiency and management of revenues. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 10-07-2012

EU drafts bill to speed up music copyright pay

The European Union will present tomorrow (11 July) a draft bill to combat music piracy and strengthen copyright protection which would force companies that manage music rights to pay artists their royalties more speedily.
Technology 06-03-2012

Businesses plead for ‘correct understanding’ of ACTA

Considerable misunderstanding about what the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is, and especially what it is not, should be addressed before the European Court of Justice gives its verdict within two years, federations protecting copyrights told EURACTIV.
Technology 16-02-2012

EU court rules against social networks policing the internet

Online social networks cannot be forced to block users from downloading songs illegally, as this would push up their costs and infringe on privacy, Europe's highest court said today (16 February), adding to a worldwide debate on internet policing.
Technology 19-01-2012

Brussels warns about draft US online piracy bills

Two controversial draft bills on internet piracy and copyright protection, which are currently being examined in the US Congress, are raising concerns in Brussels with the European Commission warning about its potential consequences on Europe.
Technology 07-12-2011

Private copy: Barnier tries to crack the nut

Talks between right-holders and makers of electronic goods will restart at the beginning of 2012 to try and find a solution to the sensitive issue of levies to compensate artists for the copying of their works.
Competition 25-11-2011

Mediaset blames Google for TV ‘piracy’

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has warned of the threat posed by online news aggregators to the traditional business models of television broadcasters, accusing Google and similar companies of "parasitic exploitation".
Languages & Culture 12-09-2011

Artists set to win EU music copyright battle

Musicians are likely to secure longer copyright protection of their work in Europe next week, helping artists and record labels as music revenues decline and bringing Europe closer into line with the United States.
Languages & Culture 13-07-2011

Brussels mulls EU-wide copyright regime

In a bid to untangle the jungle of national copyright regimes and increase EU-wide access to cultural works, the European Commission is considering introducing optional single copyright protection for movies, TV programmes and other audiovisual products, according to a document seen by EURACTIV.
Technology 12-05-2011

Barnier to endorse Spanish-style Internet policing for EU

The European Commission is contemplating making Internet providers police their networks to tackle illegal downloads, a highly contested measure which is currently being scrutinised by the European Court of Justice.
Technology 10-05-2011

Press, consumer groups jostle over Google News, copyrights

A decision by a top Belgian court that Google News violates copyright rules has spilled over into the EU policy arena ahead of a long-awaited review of rules regulating the use of intellectual property.
Languages & Culture 15-04-2011

EU to help music companies keep Elvis, Beatles royalties

Artists and consumer groups are up in arms as the EU comes closer to agreeing a 20-year extension of copyright on music recorded before the 1960s. Critics argue that while record companies keep their profits high, artists will lose out.
Languages & Culture 27-10-2010

Broadcasters grappling with ‘inconsistent’ copyright laws

Existing levels of copyright protection for broadcasters are "problematic" and inconsistencies from country to country should be ended, concludes a new report by the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO).
Trade & Society 23-08-2010

Anti-counterfeit trade deal planned for September

Negotiators from the United States, the European Union and nine other countries said on Friday (20 August) they planned to finish work in September on a proposed pact to crack down on trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.

Study: Internet piracy taking big toll on jobs

Over a million jobs and up to €240 billion in business could be lost in the European Union over the next five years as a result of illegal downloading, according to a new study into Internet piracy.
Brexit 18-03-2010

EU’s Reding to push for criminal and civil law reform

Cross-border crimes, such as money laundering or counterfeiting, should be defined in the same way across all EU countries, according to the bloc's new Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who will outline her long-term ambitions at a conference in Brussels today (18 March).
Brexit 04-02-2010

Brussels denies rumours of secret anti-piracy treaty

An upcoming global trade agreement on copyright and counterfeiting, known as ACTA, will not rewrite EU rules on the liability of internet service providers, a leading European Commission official told EURACTIV, denying media reports that suggest otherwise.
Technology 08-01-2010

Talks on private copying levies break down

Talks in Brussels to streamline so-called private copying levies yesterday (7 January) reached a standstill when collecting societies and global ICT companies could not agree on bringing the levies up to speed with the demands of digital reproduction.
Technology 04-12-2009

Web under threat from ‘snooping’ authorities

Governments and companies pushing for greater monitoring of Internet activity pose a major threat to freedom and democracy, according to Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.
Languages & Culture 16-11-2009

European works left out of Google Books deal

Published works from the US, UK, Australia and Canada only will be included in Google's digital book search project, Google and book industry representatives agreed on Friday (13 November).