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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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It’s a historic chance to update outdated laws sto the new realities and opportunities of the digital revolution.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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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”) […]
Luxleaks verdict against two whistle-blowers contradicts intention of legislators as trade secrets directive is misquoted
Statement by Jean-Marie Cavada, Sergio Cofferati, Laura Ferrara, Constance LeGrip and Julia Reda
Brussels, 1 July 2016
Members of the European Parliament involved in the drafting of the trade secrets directive, which was recently adopted by the EU institutions, have […]