Items tagged "European Union"

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Public Knowledge Strongly Opposes Misguided EU Copyright Reform

March 26, 2019 copyright directive , Copyright Reform , European Union

Today, the European Parliament voted 348 to 274 to approve the proposed Copyright Directive. This EU-wide legislation will impose draconian copyright obligations on nearly all internet services and companies, requiring content upload filters, convoluted and uncertain licensing agreements with the entertainment industries, and the payment of a link tax or new licensing fee to news incumbents. EU member states will likely move to ratify the proposal next.

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Public Knowledge Opposes EU Parliament’s Adoption of Copyright Directive Harming Free Expression Online

September 12, 2018 copyright directive , Copyright Reform , European Union , Fair Use , Freedom of Expression

Today, the European Parliament voted to amend the Copyright Directive to force platform companies to create content-upload filters and pay media organizations a link tax. Public Knowledge specifically opposes policies like Article 13 and Article 11. Once adopted by Europe, there is a substantial danger that this idea might be adopted around the world.

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Public Knowledge Responds to European Antitrust Action Against Google

July 18, 2018 Antitrust , Competition , European Union , Google

The European Commission has issued a fine to Google concerning its practices around the Android operating system and ordered it to remedy its behavior.

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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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The First Tangible Effects of the GDPR

May 10, 2018 Data Protection , European Union , GDPR , Priavcy , security

Over the past two weeks, you’ve probably received numerous privacy policy updates from online companies. For example, last week LinkedIn sent its users an e-mail informing them of changes to its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, explaining, “[w]e now meet the high standard for data privacy introduced by the new European data protection law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect later in May.”

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Will Europe Force the U.S. to Move Faster on Privacy Reform?

April 17, 2018 Cybersecurity , Data Security , European Union , International , Privacy

On April 12th, the Irish High Court elevated a series of questions to the European Court of Justice (ECJ, the Supreme Court of the European Union) regarding the validity of key legal instruments used by American tech companies to process Europeans’ personal data. Judge Caroline Costello of the Irish High Court is concerned about the national surveillance practices of the United States and the level of privacy rights observed there.

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