A loss for culture and research in today’s copyright votes

The Committee for Culture and Education (CULT) and the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) ceirtainly didn’t prioritize culture, education or research in today’s copyright votes.

Open access down the drain

Both votes were in favour of the extra copyright for news publishers creating charges for the use of snippets and links.

Incredibly, […]

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5 takeaways from the first important copyright reform vote in the European Parliament

Today, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee of the European Parliament passed its opinion on the upcoming EU copyright reform. This was the second-most important vote on this project: The vote in the Legal Affairs Committee, which leads on this issue, will follow in September. The outcome clearly shows: Every single vote counts […]

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Just 9 days left to reject the worst version of EU copyright expansion plans yet

Two world views are about to clash in a crucial copyright vote next week, on June 8. The European Parliament is currently undergoing a process to find a common position on the copyright reform plans proposed by the European Commission, which would threaten core functions of the internet and which academics have unanimously slammed.

With the […]

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Abolish geoblocking in the EU, civil society organisations demand

The European Parliament today passed new regulations that will ensure that Europeans who buy or subscribe to online content services are able to access them when they travel in other EU countries. Services like Netflix and Spotify will now be obliged to enable cross-border portability of their services for subscribers traveling within the European […]

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Ending geoblocking in the EU: One step forward, two steps back

Today in the European Parliament, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee voted on its opinion on a Commission proposal to reduce geoblocking of online TV and radio programmes.

I was originally in charge of drafting this opinion, but have decided to withdraw my name, since modifications adopted by a majority of EPP and S&D […]

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Big business interventions leave the EU Digital Single Market with more holes than Swiss cheese

The European Commission has today published its mid-term review of the Digital Single Market strategy – as a Word document with “track changes” left on. At the halfway stage, the European Commission is failing to live up to its ambitions.

Former Digital Commissioner Oettinger let big business interests sabotage the project of tearing down of digital borders […]

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Experts unanimously slam EU copyright expansion plans – but are politicians listening?

The European Commission plans to expand copyright in the EU in ways that threaten core functions of the internet: Links and file uploads.

Independent academic experts have denounced these plans in untypically frank terms as “ill-conceived”, “undesirable”, “unlikely to achieve anything”, “an interference with freedom of speech”, “displaying an alarming disregard for fundamental rights” and bad for […]

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Open Letter to the European Commission on Encrypted Media Extensions

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is considering to standardize a highly controversial proposal on Encrypted Media Extensions for the use of DRM technology (copyright restrictions) in modern web browsers.

Together with my colleague Lucy Anderson, I wrote the following letter to Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Margrethe Vestager with a set of […]

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Copyright expansion plans would kill EU startups

European startups’ ability to innovate, to compete in the global internet economy and to create growth and jobs in Europe is under threat by a proposed expansion of copyright.

These rules would ensure that the next Facebook or Google can not come from Europe, founders from all over the EU warned at a recent meeting […]

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European Parliament poised to reject EU copyright expansion plans

This morning, Politico Europe published a draft report [paywalled] by Therese Comodini Cachia (EPP), the Member of the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee responsible for the Parliament’s reaction to the Commission’s copyright reform proposal. MEP Julia Reda (European Pirate Party, Vice President Greens/EFA group) comments:

We now know that none of the controversial centrepieces of the copyright reform […]

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