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Copyright Directive receives final approval of the European Parliament

On 26th March 2019 the Copyright Directive received final approval of the European Parliament. The draft Directive first published in September 2016 introduced sweeping changes to the way in which copyright will be enforced in the EU. The Directive has been on a long and fraught journey but is now due to be implemented in each member state of the European Union by the summer of 2021. The two contentious articles which most of the…
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Why is the draft copyright directive being proposed? How would you describe the state of EU copyright law?

The draft European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the Directive) is designed to better equip copyright owners to protect and enforce their rights against new types of threats posed by the internet. The EU’s view, shared by the Directive’s supporters, was that existing copyright laws are not designed to deal with the way information is shared and republished online, and that these laws are therefore inadequate to ensure for example that…
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Stand up and save your internet! – What you need to know about the new EU Copyright Directive

We are in a generation where the technology has come on leaps and bounds, and the law is trying to play catch up. The EU is looking to tackle this by changing copyright law to keep up with the current technological advances. However, the pending EU Copyright Directive has come up against a number of opposers who have highlighted the negative consequences of implementing it. So why is this directive being opposed by companies like…
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EU Copyright Directive: will there be a copyright tax for sharing content online?

Much has been made of the new EU Copyright Directive, with commentator’s opinions being polarised. Some say the Directive will offer greater protection for those operating in the creative industries but, in some cases, also has the potential to be “catastrophic” for online service providers. By way of background, the EU Copyright Directive essentially seeks to apply and tweak existing copyright laws in the context of the internet. The EU Copyright Directive will not be…
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EU copyright reform: back to square one

With 318 votes to 278 in the European Parliament, the so-called ‘Copyright Directive’ has been rejected. The opposition of the directive breathe a sigh of relief as the potentially wide-reaching impact of the reforms has been stayed until MEPs have debated the topic further. The objectives of the new legislation were to harmonize copyright protection in the EU and to adapt the law to the digital market and the aim was to find the right…
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EU Trade Secrets Directive and Panama Papers

The leak of the Panama Papers highlighted an unprecedented disclosure of 11.5m files from the database of one of the world’s largest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The records were obtained by an anonymous source who shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. On 28 April 2016 the US House of Representative passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act 2015, to provide jurisdiction for the theft of trade secrets, and other purposes in the…
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