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Disinformation: EU Commission welcomes intermediary report on Code of Practice

Source: EU Commission

The Commission welcomes the adoption by the European Regulators Group of Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) of the monitoring report on the effectiveness of the Code of Practice on disinformation of October 2018. 

This report confirms that the Code has provided the foundation for a structured dialogue and has had a positive impact in the fight against online disinformation, despite shortcomings. It suggests that a co-regulatory backstop may be necessary in order to ensure more transparent and effective actions. 

Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, said: “I am glad to see that the Code of Practice and our dialogue with the signatories are showing an initial positive impact, but more remains to be done. This report will fuel our ongoing work on the European Democracy Action Plan which will propose measures to counter disinformation and evolving threats for our democracies. It will aim, among others, at creating a more transparent and responsible p…

Coronavirus and the European film industry - EP Research Service

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Link: Coronavirus and the European film industry

Written by Ivana Katsarova, EU Parliament Research Service

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused the shutdown of some 70 000 cinemas in China, nearly 2 500 in the US and over 9 000 in the EU, the joy sparked by the success of the film industry in 2019 has quickly given way to anxiety. Shootings, premieres, spring festivals and entertainment events have faced near-total cancellation or postponement due to the pandemic, thus inflicting an estimated loss of US$5 billion on the global box office; this amount could skyrocket to between US$15 billion and US$17 billion, if cinemas do not reopen by the end of May 2020.

The EU film sector is essentially made up of small companies employing creative and technical freelancers, which makes it particularly vulnerable to the pandemic. The domino effect of the lockdown has triggered the immediate freeze of hundreds of projects in the shooting phase, disrupted cash flows and pushed …

MEPs: EU funds must reach tumbling media and creative sectors

Source: EU Parliament
21/4/2020
Support needed for media, with advertising revenues dropping as much as 80% Make sure EU support reaches culture SMEs, individual creators and charitiesCreate an emergency fund for media, earmark structural funds for culture, and beef up the guarantee instrument Additional EU action is needed to make sure EU help reaches the ravaged media and culture sectors, say EP Culture committee members.

The culture and creative sector in the EU - especially individual creators and SMEs - and the media sector are being decimated by the crisis.

The European Union must therefore do more to help those struggling sectors to get back on their feet, stress the members of the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee, in a letter to Commissioners Thierry Breton and Mariya Gabriel, sent on Monday.

Emergency support fund for media

The media and press sectors currently play a crucial role in providing accurate information and thorough reporting. They are a critical anti…

EU Commission Answer to a written question - TikTok

Answer to a written question - TikTok - E-003875/2019(ASW)
See question(s) : E-003875/2019
16 March 2020
E-003875/2019

Answer given by Mr Reynders
on behalf of the European Commission

Question reference: E-003875/2019

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)(1) applies to the processing of personal data in the context of the activities of an establishment of a controller or a processor in the Union, or to processing by a controller or processor not established in the Union where the processing activities are related to the offering of goods or services to individuals in the Union or the monitoring of their behaviour within the Union.

Where information society services process personal data of individuals in the EU on the basis of consent, they need to verify whether those individuals are children below the age of 16 years. Member States may provide by law for a lower age. In such case, information society services must make reasonable efforts to verify that consent is given or authorise…

EU Commission clears the acquisition of Penguin by Bertelsmann

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control over Penguin Random House (“PRH”) of the US by Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (“Bertelsmann”) of Germany. PRH is a media company active in trade publishing. Bertelsmann is active in television and television production, trade publishing, magazine publishing, and music rights management services. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because Bertelsmann already holds 75% of PRH and the transaction merely implements a transition from joint to sole control, without introducing significant modifications of pre-existing competition. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.9710.

Updated survey: How to regulate Artificial Intelligence in Europe?

I have updated my questionnaire on regulating #AI and #robots. What are your views? Do we share common definitions? Who are the most important actors? Which issues are on the agenda already, and which are to come?

Looking forward to your responses at: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Weidemann-EU-AI-2019.

Joachim O. Weidemann

EU Parliament: Hearing on Media Freedom, Freedom of Expression and Combatting hate speech online and offline on 6 November at the EP's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

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Hearings - Media Freedom, Freedom of Expression and Combatting hate speech online and offline - 06-11-2019 - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
28-10-2019 07:19 PM CET

On 6 November 2019, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) will hold a public hearing on “Media Freedom, Freedom of Expression and Combatting hate speech online and offline”.

The hearing will be structured in two parts, a first part dedicated to media freedom, freedom of expression and the protection of investigative journalists with the participation of representatives of the Council of Europe, Reporters without Borders and investigative journalists. The second panel will focus on combatting hate speech (online and offline) and disinformation, with the participation of NGO representatives and think tanks working on these issues.

European Parliament positions
European Parliament resolution of 28 March 2019 on the situation of the rule of law and the fight against corruption in t…

OECD announces multilateral efforts to address tax challenges from digitalisation of the economy

Via IEU Monitoring - Source: OECD
Today the OECD Secretariat published a proposal to advance international negotiations to ensure large and highly profitable Multinational Enterprises, including digital companies, pay tax wherever they have significant consumer-facing activities and generate their profits.
The new OECD proposal brings together common elements of three competing proposals from member countries of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS, which groups 134 countries and jurisdictions on an equal footing for multilateral negotiation of international tax rules, making them fit for purpose for the global economy of the 21st Century.
The proposal, which is now open to a public consultation process, would re-allocate some profits and corresponding taxing rights to countries and jurisdictions where MNEs have their markets.  It would ensure that MNEs conducting significant business in places where they do not have a physical presence be taxed in such jurisdictions, through the cre…

EU Commission: Targeted consultation on the exercise of rights of performers and producers in the audiovisual sector

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Source: EU Commission - Team Copyright

29 July 2019 to 30 September 2019

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The Commission is opening a targeted consultation on the exercise of rights of performers and producers in the audiovisual sector.

Target group

The consultation is targeted at those engaged in the management of rights in the audiovisual sector. It mainly concerns performers and producers who are holders of related rights and their contractual partners such as distributors, sales agents, broadcasters, online platforms and cultural heritage institutions. 
Objective of the consultation

The aim of this targeted consultation is to gather information and data on current market practices and on the exercise of rights of performers and producers in the audiovisual sector. The Commission will analyse these information and data in preparation of a report assessing th…

CJEU on Spiegel Online: The use of a protected work for the purposes of reporting current events does not, in principle, require a prior request for authorisation

Source: Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-516/17

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Freedom of establishment

The use of a protected work for the purposes of reporting current events does not, in principle, require a prior request for authorisation

Court of Justice of the European Union

PRESS RELEASE No 101/19
Luxembourg, 29 July 2019

Judgment in Case C-516/17
Spiegel Online v Volker Beck

The use of a protected work for the purposes of reporting current events does not, in principle, require a prior request for authorisation

Furthermore, a work may be quoted by means of a hyperlink, provided that that quoted work, in its specific form, was previously made available to the public with the copyright holder’s authorisation or in accordance with a non-contractual licence or statutory authorisation

Volker Beck, a former member of the Bundestag (Federal Parliament, Germany) is the author of a manuscript on criminal policy relating to sexual offences committed against minors, which was published under a pseu…