EU Commission internet policy appointments are misguided

Commenting on the new EU commission presented today, Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament for the German Pirate Party, says:

«It is encouraging to see digital issues taking a prominent position in the new Commission. However, I cannot expect much from Commissioners Oettinger and Ansip, who will be in charge of internet policy. The […]

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RD002 – Back to School

Episode 2 of Reda’s Digest is out! The Podcast starts out in German, the English version follows after the chapter mark at minute 19. In this episode, I will introduce my team and report on what I did in the summer break.

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How special interests are gearing up to obstruct European copyright reform

Digital frontiers within the EU could be dismantled if copyright is unified across Europe – a proposal that thousands of Europeans recently voiced in an EU consultation. This prospect is raising alarms at rightsholders’ and distributors’ associations. They have begun to take steps to obstruct it.

Currently, European Commission President Juncker is in the process […]

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“Prison is a bit like copyright”, says jailed Pirate Bay founder

Västervik Norra prison

It’s a summer day in one of Sweden’s most popular holiday areas, but I’m not here to enjoy the sunshine. I’m about to go to jail.

Västervik Norra, a medium-security prison for 255 inmates on the Eastern shore of Sweden, is not a friendly place, rather at odds with its surroundings. The waiting room is […]

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Pirate Party MEP goes to jail to visit Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde

Västervik, Sweden – Ahead of her visit with Peter Sunde, the co-founder of the file sharing site The Pirate Bay currently imprisoned in Västervik Norra prison later today, MEP Julia Reda (Pirate Party of Germany) states:

“The tactic of draconian deterrence against file sharing has failed!”

“I am visiting Peter Sunde in prison today to […]

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The EU was expecting a few hundred replies. Thousands flooded in. They reveal a deep divide.

Before making laws on complex matters, the European Commission may ask the public for input. Most such consultations get anywhere from dozens to a few hundred replies. They come mostly from the kinds of people who get paid for filling out forms: lobbyists, industry representatives, national governments, etc. But this time was different.

Late last […]

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European Commission report: Europeans want a common copyright law

More than four months after the end of the European Commission’s public consultation on copyright review, the Directorate-General for the Internal Market has just released an analysis of the more than 11,000 responses. The 100-page report documents the huge demand for copyright reform.

Julia Reda, member of the European Parliament (Pirate Party): “The European Commission’s […]

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Why I voted for Juncker as POTEC and what I’m expecting of him

This election is different

The election on July 15 was about whether Jean-Claude Juncker gets the chance to form the next Commission. That I granted him this mandate does not mean that I will also vote for the Commission he is now putting together. In order for that to happen, the members of the Commission […]

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RD001 – POTEC

The Podcast starts out in German, the English version follows after the chapter mark at minute 19. In this episode, I talk about my first experiences within the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, my election as Vice-President of the Greens/EFA group and the current institutional battle over the election of the President of the […]

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Election as Vice-President of the Greens/EFA Group

Today, I was elected to the bureau of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. As vice-chair, I will support the integration of independent MEPs from new parties in the group work.

The strengthening of nationalistic and anti-European parties makes it more important than ever that the progressive forces in the European Parliament collaborate closely […]

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