Category: Copyright and Internet

The European copyright reform: next steps after Parliament’s approval, and risks for 2019 elections

Today the plenary session of the European parliament approved the controversial copyright reform proposal submitted by the rapporteur, Axel Voss, with a majority of 438 members (approx. 60 vote above the needed majority). Apart form the EPP, all other main European parties (socialists, ALDE,…

Why the copyright reform is useless for publishers

NB: on September 12 the copyright provisions regarding publishers have been approved, and the content of the post is more valid than ever! Is the current European copyright reform something really good for press and journalists? While mainstream newspapers publish appeals in support of…

Art. 13 of the new Copyright Directive and the censorship machine, for dummies

  There is much debate about the Copyright reform and I see the need to make some clarification based on the actual draft of the legal provision to be voted by the European Parliament next week (July 5th), and not on chats and tweets….

Who benefits the European copyright reform?

Who benefits, in the end, this European copyright reform? There are two rules on which everyone’s attention is polarized: art. 11 on ancillary rights, which would enable publishers to demand payment whenever an article, or even a short excerpt of it (the so-called “snippet”)…

The shadows of the European copyright reform

  It may become impossible to share memes, parodies, artistic or political videos because the filtering obligation voted today by the European Parliament would require online platforms to make a prior check on all the creations shared by users that may contain protected content….

The future of the European online content market is its past

Despite hopes of many, the creation of a Single Digital Market for online content is going to remain unachieved, forever or for many years at least. European citizens have seen many borders recently disappearing (for roaming, electronic commerce, travels, studying abroad for instance), but…

SIAE, the ultimate monopoly

The Italian antitrust authority has opened an investigation over SIAE, the old-fashioned incumbent holding a legal monopoly position in the Italian market for copyright management. The authority believes that SIAE may have committed some abuses even beyond its monopoly rights with the scope to…

The European court of justice risks to restrain Mr. Juncker’s enthusiasm on public WiFi

The EU Court of Justice has issued its final ruling in the well-expected McFadden case regading the liability of a provider of public WiFi. Accoding to the European judges, the operator of a shop who offers a Wi-Fi network free of charge to the…

Europe and copyright: turning back the clock

  What’s the opposite for modernization? Regression? Turning back the clock? Whatever the word may be, the copyright reform (here the leak) which is going likely to be proposed on September 15 by the European Commission does not seem a modernization at all. The…

European court rushes in rescue of hyperlinks

  An opinion rendered today by the Court of Justice of the European Communities appears very innovative with regard the legal status of hyperlinks and their relation with copyright law. If confirmed in a final judgment, the opinion is susceptible to provide additional and…

From hyperlinks to embedded videos: not a copyright infringement, EU court says

A landmark decision has been adopted by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the matter of Internet and copyright. The new case concerns embedding a video without the consent of the right-holder, also for commercial purposes.  According to the CJEU,…

AGCOM releases the first copyright enforcement results

Today in London, at the International lntellectual Property Enforcement Summit, prof. Angelo Cardani, the Chairman of Italian Regulator AGCOM, reported the preliminary results of the Copyright Enforcement Regulation which recently (March 28, 2014) entered into force in Italy. The regulation is quite a unique…