Council ready to continue negotiations on the worst version of Article 13 yet

Tonight, the EU’s national governments adopted as their common position the deal struck by France and Germany on the controversial EU Copyright Directive that was leaked earlier this week.

While Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Luxembourg maintained their opposition to the text and were newly joined by Malta and Slovakia, Germany’s support of the “compromise” […]

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Article 13 is back on – and it got worse, not better

Let’s recall: On January 18, negotiations about the new EU copyright law came to an abrupt halt after member state governments failed to settle on a common position on Article 13, which would force internet platforms to censor their users’ posts using upload filters.

Without such an agreement, the final “trilogue” meeting, at which the law […]

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Terrorist Content Online: The Return of the Upload Filter

Public spaces online can be both a forum for the public debate necessary to underpin our liberal democracy, as well as a recruitment and propaganda paradise for terrorist organisations, where they can prey on and radicalise vulnerable members of our society. No regulation to delete the illegal content they publish will however eradicate […]

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Copyright negotiations hit a brick wall in Council

Today, Council firmly rejected the negotiating mandate that was supposed to set out Member States’ position ahead of what was supposed to be the final negotiation round with the European Parliament, Politico reports. National governments failed to agree on a common position on the two most controversial articles, Article 11, also known as the Link […]

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Designing the future of cybersecurity in Europe

The European Commission has made a proposal to establish a “Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology, and Research Competence Centre” and a “Network of National Coordination Centres”. If adopted, the Centre will be responsible for implementing the spending of the Digital Europe and Horizon Europe programmes, which amount to up to 2.8 billion Euro (subject to the ongoing […]

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Article 13 is almost finished – and it will change the internet as we know it

Negotiations about the EU copyright reform law have resumed: After missing the original Christmas deadline, negotiators for the European Parliament and Council are now aiming to finalise the text on January 21, 2019.

The negotiators have reached agreement on the core of Article 13, which will change the internet as we know it: They want […]

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In January, the EU starts running Bug Bounties on Free and Open Source Software

Update (16 January 2019): More bug bounties become live, have a look at the full list below!
Update (10 January 2019): As some of you have already pointed out, the bounties haven’t been made public yet. I have been informed by the European Commission that the “start dates” they sent designate the start of […]

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4 Column documents for December 13 Trilogue

As for today’s trialogue, you can find the 4 column documents for the articles here, and for the recitals here, and the draft agenda here.

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Article 13 is a mess: Now even big rightholders disavow it

The second-to-last round of trilogue negotiations to hammer out the final wording of the EU Copyright Directive takes place tonight. On the agenda again: The controversial Article 13, which would make online platforms liable for copyright infringements by their users and force them to install upload filters. Here are the updated 4-column documents: Articles, Recitals.


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YouTube and the music industry are both wrong on Article 13

This article was first published as an op-ed in the Financial Times.

YouTube and the music industry are battling it out over a key section of the new EU copyright directive as it heads into final negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council. At issue is whether the streaming site and other internet platforms […]

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