Briefing: Regulating online TV and radio broadcasting

In December 2018, the co-legislators reached an agreement on a European Commission proposal for facilitating the cross-border provision of online TV and radio content. The co-legislators agreed to extend the ‘country of origin’ principle to a limited set of online services, and to facilitate the licensing of retransmission services over the internet under certain conditions. Furthermore, at the request of the European Parliament, the compromise text contains new rules on ‘direct injection’, a process used increasingly by broadcasters to transmit their programmes to the public. The compromise also includes a change of the instrument from a regulation into a directive in order to leave flexibility to the Member States to implement the new rules on ‘direct injection’. The Member States’ negotiators and the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) endorsed the political agreement in January 2019. The compromise text must now gain the approval of the European Parliament during the March II plenary session.

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.

Study: Trends in trade in counterfeit and pirated goods: the updated picture

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Written Answer to a Question: Commission statement calling peaceful protesters a ‘mob’

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UPDATED – Agenda: Group of experts on licensing and valuation of standard essential patents (main group) (22 February 2019)

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At a Glance: Copyright in the digital single market

On 13 February 2019, after more than two years of protracted negotiations, Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional agreement on the proposal for an EU directive on copyright. The compromise, approved by the Legal Affairs Committee and by the Council, is due to be voted by Parliament in plenary during March.

Agenda: Coreper (Art. 50) (15 March 2019)

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Official Journal (C Series): CALL FOR PROPOSALS GR/002/2019 Support Intellectual Property Network for Prosecutors (2019/C 106/04)

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UPDATED – Amendments to the Report: EP JURI Committee on 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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Speech by Commissioner Vestager: Dealing with power in a brave new world: economy, technology and human rights

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (18 & 20 March 2019)

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

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Written Answer to a Question: Consistent legislation on the online platform economy

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Call for Tenders: Trends and Developments in Artificial Intelligence – Challenges to the Intellectual Property Rights Framework

The purpose of this call for tenders is to analyse Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues related to works/inventions generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems in various fields, in particular in areas of pharmaceutical research, science and media (study reference: SMART 2018/0052)

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 & 22 February 2019)

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Event: CEN-CENELEC Copyright Policy (Webinar, 11 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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Agenda: Intellectual Property (Copyright) (7 March 2019)

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Proposal on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Vote on copyright in the digital single market (26 February 2019)

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