Copyright

    • Member States approve tough copyright reform

      Member States approve tough copyright reform

      Member States gave on Monday final approval for copyright reforms ensuring artists and news publishers get their due in the internet era. But the proposed reforms have triggered Europe-wide protests over internet freedom. At the vote 19 Member States voted in favour of the reform, with six against and three abstentions.

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    • Copyright Directive backed despite wide-spread criticism

      Copyright Directive backed despite wide-spread criticism

      Despite a ferocious campaigning led by tech giants, copyright holders, and digital rights activists for 2 years, the European Parliament has given today its final approval to the Copyright Directive, a controversial package of legislation, aimed at updating copyright enforcement in Europe for the internet age, with Julia Reda, an MEP for the German Pirate Party who led much opposition to the law, saying it marks a “dark day for internet freedom.” .

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    • Google urges MEPs to reconsider copyright law

      Google urges MEPs to reconsider copyright law

      With the European Parliament due to vote this month on the final approval of EU's new Copyright Directive, Google warned that the proposed Digital Single Market rules, specifically Article 13 of the directive, will result in the over-blocking of content and the punishment of smaller publishers more than bigger fish like itself, hurting Europe for "decades to come".

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    • EP committee clears copyright reform

      EP committee clears copyright reform

      The EU's controversial reform of online copyright rules has passed the next stage in becoming a law, after winning vote of approval from the European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee on Tuesday. The draft legislation was backed by 16 votes in favour and 9 votes against, with no abstentions. The final step now is a vote by the full European Parliament, expected to be held late March.

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    • EU agrees on copyright reforms

      EU agrees on copyright reforms

      The European Union's effort to rewrite two-decade old copyright rules and take into account online platforms such as Google's owned YouTube moved a step forward on Friday after the majority of Member States agreed on a common position for talks with lawmakers this week. This happened mostly because France and Germany managed to resolve in time a dispute over whether the reforms should apply to small technology companies, or not.

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    • EU Copyright Directive suffers big blow

      EU Copyright Directive suffers big blow

      Ambassadors representing the 28 EU Member Sates met on Friday to approve the latest draft version of the controversial EU Copyright Directive ahead of Monday’s “trilogue” talks with the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council. Instead, eleven countries reportedly voted against it – many citing concerns over Article 13, as well as the similarly contentious clause, Article 11 (dubbed the ‘link tax’ provision).

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    • YouTube warns against Article 13 consequences

      YouTube warns against Article 13 consequences

      The controversial EU’s copyright directive, Article 13 has come under scrutiny yet again from national and international media, after YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki publicly warned that if the European Parliament passes Article 13, it “will create unintended consequences that will have a profound impact on the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.”

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    • EU Parliament holds 'last chance' vote on copyright

      EU Parliament holds 'last chance' vote on copyright

      The European Parliament will vote today on a contentious copyright law, which has provoked one of the most intense lobbying wars in European Union history. Rejected in July, the reform has been amended in hope of answering the fears of advocates of internet freedom who helped sink the law in the first place. Now, amid last-minute writing and rewriting of more than 203 amendments, the final outcome seems unpredictable.

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