European Commission Considers a Link and Snippet Tax: Ill-Founded, Controversial And Detrimental To All Players

Brussels – Today the European Commission released a non-legislative Communication “Towards a modern, more European copyright framework” — the Communication on copyright. The Communication sets out the Commission’s vision and priorities on copyright reform for the years to come. The issues covered in the Communication range from cross-border accessibility to content to copyright enforcement measures.…

Wide Stakeholder Coalition Sends Letters Pointing Out Bias, Problems With Online Platform Consultation Regarding Copyright

Brussels – In letters to First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Members of the European Parliament, a wide coalition of stakeholders representing civil society, news publishers, consumers and the digital industry share their concerns regarding the European Commission’s approach in consulting on copyright matters. The European Commission is expected to adopt a Communication on copyright on…

Investment, Innovation in European Ecommerce Companies Booming, Study Reveals

Brussels — Investors are betting on the continued growth of Europe’s ecommerce market with investment into both public and private ecommerce companies growing from millions to billions in the past three years. That is the finding of an an ecommerce study CCIA Europe commissioned from independent equity research house ‘The Analyst’. The study examined the…

European Commission Issues Guidance On Transatlantic Data Flows, Wants Quick Agreement On New “Bulletproof” Safe Harbour

Brussels – The European Commission today issued guidance to companies after the European Court of Justice invalidated the 15 years old EU-U.S. Safe Harbour framework which EU and U.S. big and small companies depend on for transatlantic commercial data transfers. The new Communication confirms the position taken by the Article 29 Working Party, that “transatlantic…

FCC To Review Big Broadband Access Providers’ Innovation-Stifling Practices

Washington – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will review the business practices of several major broadband companies, who control the most crucial points of the Internet access pipeline.  These high-capacity, “special access” lines provide dedicated, guaranteed transmission of high volumes of critical data for cell phone networks, workplaces, banks, libraries, and…