Was a shadowy lobby behind the attack on freedom of panorama? The truth is more worrying.

Over the past week, the people of Europe have spoken loud and clear: No to restricting freedom of panorama, no to royalties on public space.

More than 200,000 people (and counting) are supporting a petition against these ideas. 4,247 German Wikipedians signed an open letter. At least 11 professional organisations representing creators have renounced the proposal.

Where did this […]

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Freedom of Panorama under threat

On Tuesday, June 16, the legal affairs committee voted on my report on the review of EU copyright rules. While I managed to negotiate compromises with all political groups on most of my proposals, one area where we couldn’t agree to a compromise was the right to publish pictures of public buildings and artworks such […]

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Trade secrets could undermine fundamental rights: I voted against.

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee on Tuesday voted on draft legislative proposals on the protection of trade secrets. While the Parliament’s proposals are a slight improvement on the original Commission proposals, my demands on improving transparency requirements were not heard.

Constance Le Grip’s report was adopted with eighteen votes in favour, two against and […]

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Reda Report adopted: A turning point in the copyright debate

Today, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament passed an amended version of my copyright evaluation report with a broad majority. (Find the detailed breakdown of the votes on my overview page. The final adopted text is not yet available – I will link to it as soon as it goes online.)

The amended report was supported by all […]

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Last call to save copyright reform

Tomorrow (Tuesday June 16th), the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament will vote on my copyright evaluation report.

There are some issues on which it will come down to every single vote – if these are important to you, today is your final chance to call your representative and let them know! Every single […]

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Singular abuse of freedom of information

Those requesting access to documents from the European Commission have to fulfil a new requirement: They must submit a postal address. The Commission justifies this restriction of the freedom of information by claiming it’s necessary to prevent abusive requests from people using fake identities.

I formally asked the Commission half a year ago how many […]

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