EU copyright reform: Our fight was not in vain

For years, my colleagues in the European Parliament and I worked on the EU copyright reform – on improving the Commission’s original proposal, but above all, on preventing the worst. More than 5,000,000 signatures made the petition against Article 13 the biggest in EU history. Many activists invested their time and passion into the fight. […]

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France proposes upload filter law, “forgets” user rights

When the European Union adopted the new copyright directive, including its infamous Article 17, the upload filtering provision, it gave Member States time until June 2021 to introduce the new rules into their national copyright laws. France, the most fervent supporter of Article 17, apparently has no time to lose and just presented the new […]

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FOSSA and the EU’s Cybersecurity legislation

Now that my mandate in the European Parliament has come to an end, there is one important project that will still go on until the fall of this year: The European Free and Open Source Software Audit project – FOSSA for short – that was initialised in 2014, is coming to an end. After running […]

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Will the EU Parliament uphold or reject “terror filters” on April 17?

The controversial EU regulation on terrorist content online is making its way through the European Parliament close to the end of the mandate – traditionally a time MEPs face an extreme amount of pressure to pass laws that may have otherwise received more time and attention.

On Monday, April 8, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home […]

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How your MEPs voted on internet freedoms – and why your minister of agriculture will have the final say on April 15

After the European Parliament adopted the Copyright Directive last week without even considering changes, one final step remains: Its approval by the Council of Ministers.

Last chance to stop upload filters

The Council vote is now scheduled for Monday, April 15. That day’s meeting happens to be the Agriculture and Fisheries Council – so it […]

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Tomorrow’s copyright vote explained

There is unprecedented public opposition against Article 13 and other aspects of the EU Copyright Directive: This weekend, up to 200.000 people took to the streets across Europe. Meanwhile, the petition against it has reached the incredible milestone of 5 million signatures. Will the European Parliament listen?

(Scrollable panorama photo from the Berlin protest)

Tuesday, […]

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The text of Article 13 and the EU Copyright Directive has just been finalised

In the evening of February 13, negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council concluded the trilogue negotiations with a final text for the new EU Copyright Directive.

For two years we’ve debated different drafts and versions of the controversial Articles 11 and 13. Now, there is no more ambiguity: This law will fundamentally change the […]

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Council ready to continue negotiations on the worst version of Article 13 yet

Tonight, the EU’s national governments adopted as their common position the deal struck by France and Germany on the controversial EU Copyright Directive that was leaked earlier this week.

While Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Luxembourg maintained their opposition to the text and were newly joined by Malta and Slovakia, Germany’s support of the “compromise” […]

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Article 13 is back on – and it got worse, not better

Let’s recall: On January 18, negotiations about the new EU copyright law came to an abrupt halt after member state governments failed to settle on a common position on Article 13, which would force internet platforms to censor their users’ posts using upload filters.

Without such an agreement, the final “trilogue” meeting, at which the law […]

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Terrorist Content Online: The Return of the Upload Filter

Public spaces online can be both a forum for the public debate necessary to underpin our liberal democracy, as well as a recruitment and propaganda paradise for terrorist organisations, where they can prey on and radicalise vulnerable members of our society. No regulation to delete the illegal content they publish will however eradicate […]

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