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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 2015, these were grouped together under an umbrella initiative called the 'Digital Single Market'.

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. I log policy initiatives that cut across the traditional policy silos. Specific policies  such as the IPR enforcement directive and IP or copyright reforms  are reported in a dedicated sub-section for IPRED. The sub-section on Internet Threats looks at any  EU policy initiatives other than copyright which imply Internet blocking. The sub-section on Internet Freedoms has a focus on rights and freedoms and the European Convention on Human Rights.


If you are interested in EU policy for IP,   you may like my book The Closing of the Net which discusses it in the light of influencing factors by States and industry stakeholders.

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

European Commissioner Michel Barnier is to send a new copyright law to the European Parliament next  month. The law is aimed at regulating the music collecting societies. It will be followed in September by a proposal on enforcement. The timetable was revealed by Barnier’s deputy chef de cabinet, Kerstin Jorna,  at a conference organised by the German collecting society, GEMA. What is curious is the Commission’s optimism about getting these two initiatives adopted by sometime next year.  

Read more: Barnier dreams of copyright consensus by 2013

The Commmissioner for Information Society, Neelie Kroes, has today announced that the European Union will spend money on developing software tools to help political activists in countries such as Syria, to circumvent surveillance technology. At the same time, the Commission is working on ‘self-regulation’ of the European Internet, where ISPs will be asked to prevent the very same circumventions  for the benefit of, among others, the copyright industries.  Upholder of democracy or bureaucratic hypocrisy? It could be both, but  it is odd that the  Commission's   choice of adviser  is   Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. He is the rich  German aristocrat, and former CSU politician, who was found to have  plagiarised chunks of his PhD thesis.

Read more: EU ‘No-disconnect’ policy: freedom or fiasco?

Copyright term extension directive sneaked through the Council - 70 years is now law

An 18-month deadlock over  music copyright in the EU has been released today. The issue concerns the term  of copyright for music and  specifically for sound recordings. A directive to extend the term from the current maximum of 50 years has been  languishing in the bowels of Justus Lipsius building, as the large Member States with big copyright interests

Read more: EU Council deadlock on music copyright released

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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

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