Save the link: MEPs from all political groups come together to defend your freedom to share

Your freedom to share online is threatened.

The EU Commission wants to introduce an extra copyright for news sites that would make how you share articles today illegal – unless money changes hands. Learn about the proposals and its effects.

Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and many different countries are coming […]

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10 everyday things on the web the EU Commission wants to make illegal: Oettinger’s legacy

In a few days, scandal-prone Günther Oettinger will stop being Europe’s top internet policy maker – he’s being promoted to oversee the EU budget.

But before leaving, the outgoing Digital Commissioner submitted dangerous plans that undermine two core foundations of the internet: Links and file uploads. While Oettinger is going away, his lobby-dictated proposals are […]

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A joint dataset for the EU copyright consultation responses

In March of 2016, the European Commission asked for your input on two specific issues of copyright reform: Freedom of panorama (the ability to freely share your photos of public places) and extra copyright for publishers.

In their legislative proposal unveiled on September 14, which was supposed to take the results into account, the Commission […]

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No new copyright for news sites, say young MEPs ahead of EU State of the Union

MEPs Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany), Marietje Schaake (ALDE, Netherlands), Brando Benifei (S&D, Italy) and Dan Dalton (ECR, United Kingdom) joined forces today to reject the European Commission’s proposal for a new extra copyright for European news websites. Commission President Juncker is expected to announce the plan in his State of the Union address on […]

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Freedom to link threatened by EU court decision and copyright plans

Today, the European Court of Justice significantly curtailed the freedom to hyperlink – one of the basic building blocks of the web. Together with the new special copyright protection for news articles the European Commission is planning to propose next week, the ability of Europeans to point to things online without having to fear breaking […]

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Oettinger’s copyright reform proposal is unfit for the digital age

The draft directive for EU copyright reform that the European Commission will present on September 21 has just been leaked by the IPKat blog.

Disaster for freedom of expression, EU startups, and a Europe without digital borders

This leak confirms our worst fears. Commissioner Oettinger has let copyright reform be hijacked by the biggest players […]

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Victory for Net Neutrality in Europe

Today, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) published its guidelines on net neutrality.

This is a victory for civil society, whose relentless involvement secured the principles of a free and open internet in Europe. By demanding strong net neutrality in record numbers, Europeans managed to overcome massive lobbying by the telecom […]

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Commissioner Oettinger is about to turn EU copyright reform into another ACTA

The publishing, film and music industries have hijacked EU copyright reform

The EU is finally preparing its new copyright law.
It’s a historic chance to update outdated laws sto the new realities and opportunities of the digital revolution. But a leaked draft reveals nothing of the sort.

Instead, Commissioner Oettinger has let the […]

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Two years of lobby meeting transparency – how we did it

Two years after being elected to the European Parliament and right before the summer break is the perfect time to have a look back at all the lobby meetings I had during the last two years to make sure there was a balance among them.

When I was named rapporteur of the copyright report and […]

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Let’s keep the Internet equal and open for all

On Monday, the EU telecoms regulators’ consultation on net neutrality will end.
The input received will decide whether these practices will be allowed (among other issues):

Better, faster routes for companies with deep pockets (“special services”) The throttling of “undesirable” services (“traffic management”) Providers picking and choosing which services are exempt from your plan’s data allowance (“zero rating”) […]

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