Category: Copyright and Internet

The European Copyright Directive/2: to filter or not to filter?

[continuing from the previous post about the link-tax] Art. 17 (former 13) of the Copyright Directive, concerning the liability of online content-sharing platform and the upload filters, is the most “systemic” part of the European copyright reform. The primary liability of content-sharing platforms  Article 17 creates a…

The European copyright directive /1: ancillary copyright, link-tax or what?

The new Copyright Directive have been approved by the European Assembly with an important but not large majority: 348 in favor, 274 against, 36 abstention. Quite an important number of MEP avoided the voting, probably because they fear the revenge by citizens at next…

The status of the European copyright reform and the impact on publishers

UPDATE 5 February 2019: Germans and French delegations found a kind of agreement reported in a new compromises proposal by the Romanian presidency, whereby the exemption in favor of SMEs is eliminated while a soft-regime is granted to micro-entreprises (with a turnover less of 10 million Euro)….

Shared use of Internet at home cannot be an excuse for piracy

  Attenzione! …. for those who perform acts of piracy from the Internet connection at home. The fact of residing in a home with other roommates, all potentially capable of using the Internet, will not be enough to exempt themselves from liability by claiming,…

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….