UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) (18-19 February 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP LIBE Committee on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online (11 March 2019)

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2019/381 of 4 March 2019 on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, within the EEA Joint Committee concerning the amendment of Annex II (Technical regulations, standards, testing and certification) and Annex XI (Electronic communication, audiovisual services and information society) to the EEA Agreement

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Agenda: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (14 March 2019)

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UPDATED – 4th Expert Group on Digital Cultural Heritage and Europeana meeting (6 – 7 November 2018)

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Proposal on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Press Release: Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe: the Audiovisual Media Services Directive does not preclude the adoption by a Member State of a measure imposing an obligation to broadcast or retransmit a foreign television channel only in packages available for an additional fee, in order to restrict the dissemination by that channel to the public of that State of information inciting hatred

Such a measure is also compatible with the freedom to provide services laid down in Article 56 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Press Release: Investment Plan: First agreement for creative and cultural SME loans in Denmark

European Investment Fund (EIF) and Vaekstfonden  sign new agreement under the Investment Plan for Europe, or Juncker Plan. The pilot programme aims to generate DKK 300 million (c. €40 million) in new financing for almost 80 SMEs in the cultural and creative sectors in Denmark also supported by the EU budget under the “Creative Europe” Programme.

Report: European movies on the move: ten actions for better circulation across Europe

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Agenda: Audiovisual Working Party (4 March 2019)

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Proposal on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO – Exchange of views with Commissioner Bieńkowska (21 February 2019)

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Briefing: Copyright in the digital single market

The European Commission presented a legislative package for the modernisation of the EU copyright rules, including a new directive on copyright in the digital single market on 14 September 2016. Stakeholders and academics have been strongly divided on the proposal. In February 2019, after more than two years of protracted negotiations, the co-legislators agreed on a new set of copyright rules including two controversial provisions: 1) the creation of a new right that will allow press publishers to claim remuneration for the online use of their publications (Article 11), and 2), the imposition of content monitoring measures on online platforms such as YouTube, which seeks to resolve the ‘value gap’ and help rights-holders to better monetise and control the distribution of their content online (Article 13). Furthermore, in addition to the mandatory exception for text and data mining for research purposes proposed by the Commission in its proposal, the co-legislators agreed to enshrine in EU law another mandatory exception for general text and data mining (Article 3a) in order to contribute to the development of data analytics and artificial intelligence. On 20 February 2019, Coreper endorsed the compromise text on behalf of the Member States.

UPDATED – Agenda: 49th Meeting of the Contact Committee of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (12 November 2018)

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Press Release: Digital content and sales of goods directives: MEPs back provisional agreements

The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee approved new rules to strengthen consumer rights and facilitate cross-border trade in the EU.

Proposal on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Copyright in the Digital Single Market (20 February 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (20 – 21 February 2019)

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Agenda: Audiovisual Working Party (18 February 2019)

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Press Release: Agreement reached on digital copyright rules

Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to a deal reached on copyright rules which also contains safeguards on freedom of expression.

Press Release: Digital Single Market: EU negotiators reach a breakthrough to modernise copyright rules

Today, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission found a political agreement to make the copyright rules fit for digital era in Europe and bring tangible benefits to all creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, cultural heritage institutions, and citizens.

Press Release: EU copyright rules adjusted to the digital age

The EU is amending its copyright legal framework to make it fit-for-purpose in today’s digital environment. Representatives of the Romanian presidency of the Council today reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a draft directive that introduces changes to existing EU copyright rules as part of creating a true EU digital single market. The agreement will now be submitted for confirmation by member states at the Council

Factsheet: How the EU supports cinema and the audiovisual sector

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