April 8, 2009

Extended copyright term for sound recordings pushed back

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Verlängerte Urheberrechtsfrist für Tonaufnahmen abgelehnt | http://www.unwatched.org/node/1358] The proposal for the extension of the copyright terms for sound recordings was rejected on 27 March 2009 by COREPER, which has the task to negotiate a consensus before the EU Council of Ministers takes votes. To the great disappointment of […]

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November 16, 2016 · Blogs

EU copyright reform proposal discussed in Romania

On 10 November 2016, EDRi member Asociația pentru Tehnologie și Internet (ApTI) and Internet Advertising Bureau România (IAB România) organised a debate regarding the European Commission’s copyright reform proposal and its impact on digital rights. The goal of the debate was to communicate the participants’ positions to the Romanian representatives taking part in the European […]

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December 14, 2016 · Blogs

ENDitorial: What do two copywrongs make? Definitely not a copyright

Anyone who turns up in Brussels these days and tries to follow discussions around the proposal for “ancillary copyright” (aka “link tax”) in the Copyright Directive must be truly baffled.

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November 29, 2017 · Blogs | Information democracy | Privacy and confidentiality | Surveillance and data retention

Is anti-plagiarism software legal under EU Copyright legislation?

Are anti-plagiarism technologies compatible with copyright law? Surprisingly, this might not be the case. Anti-plagiarism technology involves machine comparison of works such as diploma theses with pre-existing publications. This activity constitutes a use that is covered by copyright. Since no explicit limitation or exception of authors’ and publishers’ exclusive rights authorises providers and users of […]

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August 27, 2008

Copyright experts against the EU extension of the copyright term

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar) New voices from the major copyright experts in the European universities and research centers question the current EU proposals of extension of the copyright term for the performing artists and sound recordings. As previously covered in the past EDRi-gram, the first letter was addressed to EU Commission […]

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November 5, 2014 · Blogs

CJEU: Embedding not a copyright infringement

On 21 October 2014 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that embedding copyrighted videos is not a violation of copyright, even when the source video is uploaded without the permission from the rightsholder. The case, dealing with a dispute between a water filtering company BestWater International and two independent commercial agents […]

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November 2, 2016 · Blogs

The Copyright Reform – a guide for the perplexed

The debate whether the copyright reform in a proposed shape would be beneficial for Europe or not is now a key topic for digital rights organisations. But what do measures suggested by the European Commission actually mean? COMMUNIA and EDRi have jointly developed a guideline to the “legalese” of the draft directive. We present key […]

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June 28, 2017 · Blogs

Proposed Copyright Directive – Commissioner confirms it is illegal

At a meeting of the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) on 19 June, European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip made a statement that was both shocking and shockingly honest. He advertised the content filtering product of the US company Audible Magic as an affordable alternative to Google’s Content ID filtering technology for filtering European […]

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June 28, 2017 · Blogs

An end to copyright blackmail letters in Finland?

On 12 June, the Finnish Market Court ruled in a case Copyright Management Services Ltd vs. DNA Oyj that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are not obliged to hand out the personal data of their clients based only on the suspicion of limited use of peer-to-peer networks. Stronger proof of significant copyright infringements need to be […]

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July 2, 2018 · On the ground | Information democracy | Freedom of expression online | Platform regulation

How the EU copyright proposal will hurt the web and Wikipedia

Wikimedia is an integral part of a large movement of civil society stakeholders, technologists, creators, and human rights defenders, who all recognize the importance of a free and open web for culture, progress, and democracy. Our movement is working to promote freedom online for the benefit of all. Our efforts in this public policy realm […]

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March 27, 2019 · Blogs | Information democracy | Data protection standards | Freedom of expression online

GDPR incompatibility – the blind spot of the copyright debate

The debate around the Copyright Directive reform has been intense. Former Article 13, which became Article 17 in the text voted by the European Parliament on 26 March, created the greatest controversy between stakeholders arguing about the so-called “value gap” in the creative sectors, upload filters, and a new platform liability regime, among others issues. […]

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September 11, 2019 · Highlights | Information democracy | Freedom of expression online

CJEU: Public documents could be censored because of copyright

On 29 July 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered a judgment that could have serious impact on freedom of expression. The case (C‑469/17) concerns Funke Medien NRW GmbH, the editor of the German daily newspaper Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, and Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany). It follows a request in […]

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