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The Copyright Directive Is SOPA Part 2, and It’s Coming for Your Internet

April 8, 2019 Copyright , copyright directive , EU , European Union , SOPA

Last week, the European Parliament voted 348 to 274 to pass the Copyright Directive. Unless something truly extraordinary happens during the upcoming meeting of the European Council — think of it as the Senate of the EU, where the governments of Member States are represented — draconian and highly disruptive new rules on content licensing and monitoring will become EU law.

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The Horrible EU Copyright Idea You Aren’t Hearing About

January 29, 2019 Copyright , copyright directive , European Union , Global , Platform Regulation

If you follow global tech policy, you probably know that the European Union is in the process of adopting a Copyright Directive to update its copyright framework. The Copyright Directive is infamous on this side of the Atlantic because of the mandate for automated web filters contained in Article 13 of the same. Elsewhere, we’ve written about the harmful effects for free expression that Article 13 would have.

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How Europe’s New Copyright Directive Targets Your Favorite Mods

July 5, 2018 copyright directive , European Union , gaming , mods

How many images or videos have you seen of Minecraft? If you’ve seen versions of the game with fantastic characters from some of your favorite franchises or exotic lands, then you may have been looking at a mod. Modifications (or “mods”) are how members of the gaming community add to the games they love. Companies realize that mods are great for business and keep games alive and popular, enabling them to stand on their own for much longer.

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The Five Worst Things About the Proposed EU Copyright Directive

July 3, 2018 Censorship , Copyright , copyright directive , European Union , journalism

On July 5, the European Parliament will vote on the Copyright Directive. Although the Directive is being sold as an attempt to modernize copyright law in Europe, it is an ill-conceived policy that will hurt consumers and stifle innovation. Here are the top five reasons to oppose this legislation.

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The European Privacy Law You Haven’t Heard Of

June 15, 2018 Data Protection , European Union , GRPR , Privacy

The GDPR entered into force late last month, but that doesn’t mean the European Union’s mission to protect online privacy has stopped.

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