CJEU ruling demonstrates: There can be no digital single market without a modern copyright

Today’s ruling by the European Court of Justice in the McFadden case demonstrates: There can be no digital single market strategy without addressing the problems of our copyright regime.

It was only yesterday that Commission president Juncker promised us that by 2020, all European cities and villages would be supplied with free Wi-Fi. Today, due […]

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Despite denials, copyright reform plans by European Commission are an attack on the freedom to link

The retrograde copyright reform plans Commissioner Oettinger presented today spell disaster for the internet. Oettinger has let copyright reform be hijacked by corporate interests and turned a blind eye to the needs of artists and users. This attempt to remake the web to accommodate analogue business models is doomed to fail at great cost.

The […]

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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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EU aims to increase the security of password manager and web server software: KeePass and Apache chosen for open source audits

For the FOSSA pilot project to improve the security of open source software that my colleague Max and I proposed, the European Commission sought your input on which tools to audit.

The results are now in: The two overwhelming public favorites were KeePass (23%) and the Apache HTTP Server (19%). The EU has decided to […]

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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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