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EU postpones decision on controversial copyright directive

Trilogue negotiations – the parlaying between Europe’s three key institutions – over the final form of the EU’s controversial Copyright Directive yesterday failed to produce a deal, with participants failing to agree on a range of issues including the controversial Article 13, which would see web companies such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube forced to […]

EU reaches agreement on SatCab directive

The European Union institutions have reached a political agreement on access to online TV and radio services across borders as part of a new SatCab directive. The changes agreed by the European Commission, Parliament and European Council introduce the country of origin principle to enable licensing of rights for programmes that broadcasters want  to offer […]

European Parliament approves telecom code

The European Parliament has voted in favour of proposals to create a new European Electronic Communications Code and official status for a body of European regulators. The vote, which follows the European Commission launching the proposals as part of its Digital Single market strategy two years ago, opens the way for the European Council to […]

EU approves 30% European works quota for VOD services

The European Parliament has approved new rules for audiovisual media services, which include a 30% European works quota for video-on-demand platforms. The quota is designed to support cultural diversity of the European audiovisual sector and is one part of the revised legislation, which will apply to broadcasters and online services like Netflix, YouTube and Facebook. […]

European Parliament approves controversial copyright reform

The European Parliament has approved controversial copyright reform proposals that will see web companies forced to pay for the work of artists and journalists that appears on their sites. The reform, which will give film and TV writers the opportunity to secure more income from internet companies, has been welcomed by groups representing artists and […]

Ansip: Euro-Parliament should move to EC position on copyright reform

The key element of the European Commission’s proposals for copyright reform “was on the right track the first time round” and the European Parliament, which rejected plans to take the reform forward earlier this month, should “move closer to [the EC’s] initial proposal for its September vote” on the issue, according to EC VP Andrus […]

European Parliament committee approves revised audiovisual directive

The European Parliament’s culture and education committee has approved a ‘trilogue’ political agreement on revision of the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The committee’s endorsement of the proposals opens the way for a plenary vote in the parliament later this year. European parliamentary negotiators led by MEP Sabine Verheyen and the Bulgarian presidency of the […]

European Parliament rejects controversial copyright reform plan

The European Parliament has rejected a controversial plan approved by its own legal affairs committee to update rules on copyright for the digital age. Parliament’s plenary voted by 318 votes to 278, with 31 abstentions to reject the proposal to begin negotiations to update copyright laws, proposed by the Legal Affairs Committee on 20 June. As […]

European parliament committee approves controversial copyright reform

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee this week approved controversial plans for copyright reform that have attracted substantial criticism from media industry groups. MEPs on the committee voted for the controversial article 13 provision that will require internet platforms such as Google and Facebook to prevent users from uploading copyrighted material, and for article 11, […]

Public and commercial broadcasters divided over revised audiovisual directive

Public and commercial broadcasters are divided over the merits of the final political agreement on the EU’s revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive, with public broadcaster organization the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) welcoming the result of the final review and commercial broadcaster group the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) slamming it as “a missed […]

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