Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Press Release: Mergers: Commission approves Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of NXP, based in the Netherlands, by Qualcomm of the US. The approval is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Qualcomm. Both firms are important players in the semiconductor industry.

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Agenda: JHA Counsellors (Contract Law) (22 January 2018)

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Event: Lunch debate – Copyright in the EU Digital Single Market (Brussels, 23 January 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on Intellectual Property (29 January 2018)

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Agenda: Joint Meeting of the Audiovisual Working Party and Cultural Affairs Committee (16 January 2018)

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Agenda: Intellectual Property (Copyright) Attachés (22 January 2018)

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Press Release: Law enforcement and private sector join forces to shut down illegal streaming network

On 11 January 2018, a crime group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal IPTV streaming business has been dismantled. The investigations were led by the Cypriot Police – Intellectual Property Crime Unit, with the support of the Cybercrime Division of the Greek Police, the Dutch Fiscal Investigative and Intelligence Service (FIOD), the Cybercrime Unit of the Bulgarian Police, Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³) and with the support of members of the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA). In total, four individuals have been arrested and 17 houses searches have been carried out in Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece.

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Agenda: EP JURI Committee Meeting (24 January 2018)

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Agenda: EP CULT Committee Meeting (22 – 23 January 2018)

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List of working papers (WK) distributed in the Working Party on Intellectual Property in the last quarter of 2017

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Public access to documents – Confirmatory application No 01/c/01/18

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Stakeholder Press Release: Bernhard Rohleder, CEO Bitkom, on the meeting between Commissioners and online platform’s representatives, taking place 9 January 2018 in Brussels

Social networks and media platforms have existed for 20 years now. Today, in the EU alone, more than one billion posts and tweets, video clips and photos are shared on these platforms every day. Many of them are informative or entertaining, some are disruptive or harmful to minors, others simply illegal and punishable by law. It is time for the European Commission’s leadership to have direct talks with high-level representatives of media platforms and social networks.

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Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (22 – 23 January 2018)

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Event: Politico’s Brussels Playbook Cocktails with Daniel Ek (Brussels, 9 January 2018)

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Provisional Agenda: Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) Council (28- 29 May 2018)

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities

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8th meeting of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA)

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes

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Agenda: Audiovisual Working Party (10 January 2018)

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Fact Sheet: Digital Agenda for Europe

Since 1995, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have driven productivity gains and growth in the EU. The concept of ICTs covers a broad spectrum of technologies, ranging from information technology (IT) through telecommunications, broadcast media, and all types of audio and video processing and transmission to network-based control and monitoring functions. Over the past three decades, technological ‘convergence’ has been blurring the boundaries between telecommunications, broadcasting and IT. Although linear broadcasting continues to be the principal medium of information distribution and entertainment in Europe, more and more audiovisual content is available on demand, while exponential growth in 4G and 5G internet connectivity and the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) gives the internet an increasingly ubiquitous dimension. With a view to addressing the different challenges, the Commission launched the digital single market in 2015 to deliver the main legislative proposals set as priority, such as boosting e-commerce, copyright, audiovisuals, the telecoms review, ePrivacy, harmonisation of digital rights, affordable parcel delivery, harmonised VAT rules and cybersecurity.

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Save the Date: Copyright in the EU Digital Single Market – Lunch Debate (Brussels, 23 January 2018)

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Press Release: Online cross-border TV and radio broadcasts: Council agrees negotiating stance

The Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agreed today on the Council’s position on a proposal to facilitate digital transmissions and retransmissions of TV and radio programmes in the internal market.

This position serves as a mandate for the Council to enter into negotiations with the European Parliament.

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