The Closing of the Net  "original and valuable"  Times Higher Education

European Union IP Policy

The European Union has many policy  intiatives related to the Internet, ecommerce and online content or copyright. In fact, there are so many, it is frequently difficult to keep up with them. In this section, I report on Internet-related matters within the EU institutions -  European Commisission, Council and  Parliament -  and the activites of the key policy-makers.

Specific policies which are under consideration, such as the IPR enforcement directive and IP or copyright enforcement initiatives,  are reported in a dedicated section.  Similarly, the section on Internet Threats looks at any other EU policy initiatives which imply Internet blocking for any other purpose.

If you like the articles in this section and you are interested in the EU  and copyright enforcement policy, you may like my books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

EU Copyright directive draft 2016




In what can only be called a policy bombshell, proposed new EU copyright rules will force social media sites to police content. A leaked version of a proposed new copyright directive seeks to impose draconian monitoring obligations any sites that support content uploaded by  users. If the leaked draft to be believed, content platforms will have to install content scanning systems to monitor and remove copyrighted material. In addition, they will have to  report back to rightsholders.

Read more: EU copyright bombshell: social media sites to police content

The European Commission announced today  radical plans to overhaul copyright. The proposals  focus on users’ability to legally access copyrighted content across borders, and they are understood to have upset the entertainment and music industries. This  is not surprising since the changes will cut right through their copyright-supported distribution infrastructure.

The main plank for change will be the territoriality of copyright. Territoriality refers to the way that the entertainment industries are organised around national borders for the granting of rights and the distribution and  sale of goods. On the Internet, this system is  managed by asking intermediaries to block content that is not

Read more: EU announces radical copyright overhaul for cross-border content

Widely leaked since before Xmas. The biggest open secret in Brussels. What are we to make of  the new  EU plans for the Internet, presented today as  the Digital Single Market policy?  An analysis  exposes  a few hidden issues.

 Today the European Union  announced a wide ranging plan to tackle the Internet.  Top of its action list is a phenomenon that is becoming known as

Read more: EU plans wide-ranging digital policy shake-up - what’s in it for users?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Copyright Enforcement Enigma tells the story of the 2009 Telecoms Package and how the copyright industries tried to hijack it.

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