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ENDitorial: Licences for Europe – user generated content and Commission-generated users

9 October, 2013
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While the entire “Licences for Europe” project has been through a lot of turmoil and subsequently criticised for its lack of credibility, the so-called “Working Group 2 on User-Generated Content” takes absurdity to a whole new dictionary-changing level.

One of the “user” groups that was invited by the Commission, at the request of Neelie Kroes's DG Connect, is “Together against Cybercrime”. Even the name of the organisation raises warning flags – user-generated content (however that can be defined) is not a crime.

At the first meeting of the group, Yuliya Morenets was listed as giving a presentation and was on the agenda as representing the UN's Youth Internet Governance Forum (Youth IGF).

LSE report: file-sharing is rather beneficial to music industry

9 October, 2013
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A new report shows again file-sharing is not detrimental to the entertainment industry sales, but quite the opposite. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has released a new policy brief asking the UK Government to take into consideration more than the industry lobbying efforts when deciding on the copyright enforcement policies such as the Digital Economy Act (DEA).

The report states there is strong evidence that file-sharing is helping, rather than hurting the entertainment industries. There have been several research reports during the last years showing that file-sharing can have positive effects but they have always been counter-attacked by industry lobbyists.

German newspapers sued for pointing out an alleged illegal site

11 September, 2013
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At the end of August 2013, a group of German publishers sued newspapers Der Tagesspiegel and Die Zeit, accusing them of assisting copyright infringement for having printed an interview with the operator of an alleged unauthorized ebook site, giving the site name as well - TorBoox, which claims to be the largest ebook piracy site in Germany, with 1.5 million books downloaded monthly.

While hosting copyright infringing material may be considered illegal, and, in some cases, linking to illegal content and indexing links containing illegal material has been considered illegal, to consider publishing an interview and just naming an illegal site as an infringement seems a little far fetched.

“With the direct and multiple naming of the Internet address the reader is immediately

New Russian copyright law raises freedom of expression concerns

28 August, 2013
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: Russland: Neues Copyright-Gesetz lässt Bedenken bezüglich Redefreihe...


New legislation on online copyright, amending several legislative acts of the Russian Federation on the protection of intellectual property rights in information and telecommunication networks, came into force on 1 August 2013.

For the time being, the law applies to “exclusive film rights, including movies and TV shows, in information and telecommunications networks, including the Internet” but it is expected to extend, in time, to other types of online content.

"Right to Remix": Initiative for a European Copyright Reform

28 August, 2013
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: "Right to Remix": Initiative für eine Reform des Urheberrec...


On its website right2remix.org, the German civil rights organisation EDRi member Digitale Gesellschaft e. V. calls on European policy-makers to adopt remix rights in the European copyright legislation and invites everyone to submit a link to his or her favourite remix work.

The time for such an initiative is way over due. We live in an age of remix.

Closed environments locking down consumers’ rights

17 July, 2013
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: Geschlossene Systeme sabotieren Rechte der Verbraucher


Can you resell your used apps for your iOS or Android device? How about your video games that you purchased from Valve’s Steam Store?

The answer is yes and no. Legally, you are allowed to resell your used apps and Steam games if they were marketed in the EU.

Unanimous JURI vote on Collective Rights Management directive

17 July, 2013
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: EP-Rechtsausschuss: Einstimmige Entscheidung zur kollektiven Rechtever...


The proposal from the European Commission for a Directive on collective management and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses in the internal market (hereafter Collective Rights Management Directive) was a good start to put an end to some of the unreasonable practices by collecting societies around Europe.

On 9 July, the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted on the report lead by Marielle Gallo (EPP, France) amending the Collective

ENDitorial: EDRi letter on Licences for Europe

3 July, 2013
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Deutsch: ENDitorial: EDRi-Schreiben in Sachen 'Licences for Europe'


EDRi send today, 3 July 2013, the following letter to Commissioners Kroes, Vassiliou and Barnier regarding the Working Group 1 of "Licences for Europe" initiative:

We are very pleased to see that our constructive participation in the Working Group has been noticed and appreciated.

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