New civil society and industry coalition urges the EU to strengthen intermediary liability protections

A civil society and industry coalition today sent an open letter to European Commission leaders urging them to strengthen intermediary liability protections in the new European Digital Single Market Strategy set for release on May 6. Signatories include European Digital Rights (EDRi), which represents 35 privacy and civil rights organisation, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT),…

Notice-and-Action Procedures Coming Up in Europe

After closing a public consultation in September 2012, the Commission’s services responsible for the internal market have just sent the first drafts for a Directive on notice-and-action (N&A) procedures and a non-binding Communication on best practises into inter-service consultation. During the inter-service consultation other Commission services have the opportunity to comment on the draft proposals…

Commission Paper on ‘Connected TV’ and its Relevance for Online Businesses

The European Commission has just launched a Green Paper entitled ‘Preparing for a Fully Converged Audiovisual World: Growth, Creation and Values’. The objective of this Paper is to start a broad, public discussion on the implications of the on-going transformation of the audiovisual media landscape. The concept of ‘convergence’ takes centre stage which is understood as…

EU: Public Consultation on ‘Notice and Action’ Procedures

Last week the European Commission initiated a public consultation titled: “A clean and open Internet: Public consultation on procedures for notifying and acting on illegal content hosted by online intermediaries”. As the name suggests, the consultation addresses rules and procedures for notifying and acting (N&A) on illegal content hosted by online intermediaries. This consultation is…

European Commission Presents E-Commerce Action Plan

On 11 January 2012 the Commission presented its Communication on e-commerce. The Communication sets out an action plan to double online sales and the share of the Internet economy in EU GDP by 2015. To this end, the Communication aims to address the still fragmented nature of Europe’s digital market and highlights five policy priorities: Develop…

European Court Delivers Crucial Anti-Filtering Judgment

After the encouraging opinion of Advocate General Cruz Villalón in the Scarlet vs SABAM case delivered in April 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave its final judgment on 24 November. One can say that the judgment is crucial for the Internet economy in general and for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in particular, in two…

CCIA’s Requested Comments on Europe’s IPR Enforcement Directive

Brussels – CCIA stressed the importance of the Internet as a platform for artists and entrepreneurs to create, innovate and reach new markets across the world in its comments on intellectual property enforcement for the European Commission. The Commission requested public consultation on the report on the application of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED). IPR protection remains…

CCIA's Requested Comments on Europe's IPR Enforcement Directive

Brussels – CCIA stressed the importance of the Internet as a platform for artists and entrepreneurs to create, innovate and reach new markets across the world in its comments on intellectual property enforcement for the European Commission. The Commission requested public consultation on the report on the application of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED). IPR protection remains…