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.

High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (main group) (10 April 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues (attache format) (25 March 2019)

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Speech: Opening speech by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel – Startup Europe Summit 2019 (21 March 2019)

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Agenda: Cultural Affairs Committee (27 March 2019)

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on ‘Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 as regards a verification procedure related to infringements of rules on the protection of personal data in the context of elections to the European Parliament’ (COM(2018) 636 final — 2018/0328 (COD))

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Combating disinformation and securing free and fair elections

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Event: Cybersecurity, Digital Governance and the Search for Technological Leadership (Brussels, 14 May 2019)

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Event: Artificial Intelligence – An opportunity for the EU cyber-crisis management (Athens, 03 – 04 June 2019)

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Press Release: ENISA – 15 years of building cybersecurity bridges together

On 19 March 2019, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity ENISA organised an event in Brussels to celebrate its 15-year anniversary.

Prof. Dr. Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director of the Agency, and distinguished guests representing the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the EU Member States delivered speeches, including a keynote speech from honorary guest, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel.

Agenda: 3rd Meeting of the Group of Experts for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy (main group) (28 March 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.

Event: The road ahead for digital social innovation – How can the EU support technology to tackle our biggest challenges? (Brussels, 26 April 2019)

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Event: AI ”Made in Europe” – governmental strategies and business challenges (Brussels, 03 April 2019)

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Event: 30 years of the web – where do we go next? (Brussels, 22 March 2019)

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Press Release: Code of practice against disinformation: Commission takes note of the progress made by online platforms and urges them to step up their efforts

Today the European Commission published the latest monthly reports from Google, Twitter, and Facebook, on the progress made in February towards meeting their commitments to fight disinformation. The online platforms are all signatories of the Code of Practice against disinformation and have committed to report their progress in the run up to the European Parliament elections in May 2019. The publication of the monthly reports follows a meeting yesterday afternoon between the Commission and the platforms to discuss the state of play.

UPDATED – Amendments to the Report: EP IMCO/JURI Committee on contracts for the supply of digital content

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UPDATED – Amendments to the Report: EP IMCO Committee on certain aspects concerning contracts for the sales of goods

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Event: Digital Transformation in the Public Sector and Project Management (Maastricht, 05-06 June 2019)

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Event: Institutions and Regulations For the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Brussels, 03 May 2019)

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Agenda: Foreign Relations Counsellors (19 March 2019)

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Press Release: Multiple challenges in EU cybersecurity

Multiple challenges in strengthening EU cybersecurity remain despite the progress made, according to a new Briefing Paper from the European Court of Auditors. As the risk of falling victim to cybercrime or a cyberattack increases, it is essential to build resilience through strengthening governance, raising skills and awareness, and improving coordination, say the auditors. They also highlight the importance of meaningful accountability and evaluation to help the EU achieve its aim of becoming the world’s safest digital environment.

Speech by Commissioner Vestager: Dealing with power in a brave new world: economy, technology and human rights

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/419 of 23 January 2019 pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the adequate protection of personal data by Japan under the Act on the Protection of Personal Information (Text with EEA relevance)

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