Showing posts from January, 2015

EU Parliament publishes documentation of workshop on digital cross-competition

Should we avoid global information monopolies? And what place for European platforms? The Workshop on "Cross-competition among information (digital) platforms, how to avoid global information monopolies. What place for European platforms?" will take place in Brussels on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 from 15.00-18.30 (EP building, room: A3G-2). Internet Companies are rapidly growing and in the last decade some even became big international organisations. There are some concerns about their dominant position on the current market situation. Will it become the business model of the 21st century? The principal objective of the workshop is to take stock of the current situation concerning cross-competition among digital platforms, forecast future development in this area and valuate the policy options. Furthermore, the workshop should also help identify and assess further initiatives that could be taken up. The workshop is organised by the Policy department A. For more inf

Bundesregierung veröffentlicht sechsten Bericht zur Emissionsminderung und Gesundheitsfolgen der Mobilfunktechnologie

Link zur Unterrichtung durch die Bundesregierung In ihrer jüngsten Unterrichtung des Bundestags sondiert die Bundesregierung, welche Risiken die magnetischen Felder des Mobilfunks mit sich bringen.  Hintergrund der Untersuchungen sind die öffentlichen Bedenken gegen mögliche gesundheitliche Gefährdungen  durch die von den Netzen erzeugten hochfrequenten elektromagnetischen Felder des Mobilfunks. Wie es in der Unterrichtung heißt, hatte die Internationale  Krebsforschungsagentur (IARC) der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) im Mai 2011 hochfrequente elektromagnetische  Felder in die Gruppe 2B der IARC-Skala eingestuft. Stufe 1 bedeutet krebserzeugend (kanzerogen) für Menschen; Stufe 4 heißt dagegen "wahrscheinlich  nicht kanzerogen für Menschen". Nach Einschätzung der IARC gibt es nach dem gegenwärtigen  Kenntnisstand begrenzte Hinweise auf eine krebserregende Wirkung dieser Felder auf den Menschen . "Diese stammen aus epidemiologischen Beobachtungen, können aber nur

EU Commission opens in-depth investigation into a joint venture for online music licensing between collecting societies PRSfM, STIM and GEMA

Brussels, 14 January 2015  Source: EU Commission Link to release Other available languages:  FR ,   DE ,   SV   The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed creation of a joint venture between three collective rights management organisations (CMOs) in the online licensing of musical works is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The CMOs contributing to the joint venture are PRS for Music Limited (PRSfM) of the United Kingdom, Föreningen Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå u.p.a. (STIM) of Sweden and Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte (GEMA) of Germany. CMOs manage the copyrights of authors, performers and writers of musical works. They also grant licences on their behalf and redistribute the royalties collected from the exploitation of their copyrights. The Commission’s preliminary investigation indicated that the combination of the music repertoires currently controll

EU starts public consultation on the Lamy Report: the future use of the UHF TV broadcasting band

The European Commission is collecting views on the Lamy Report's strategic recommendations on a long-term policy strategy for the future use of the UHF band (470-790 MHz). It wishes to take a position on how these recommendations should be followed up. The Consultation will be open from 12/01/2015 to 12/04/2015. For more details follow this link . The report by the   High Level Group   Chairman, Mr Pascal Lamy. discusses how the scarce spectrum resource in the UHF broadcasting band should be used in future. In preparing to design a long-term strategy for the future use of the UHF band, the Commission will take the following into account: the Lamy Report input from the Radio Spectrum Policy Group Commission studies and the responses to this consultation. Any changes in the way the UHF broadcasting band is used would affect the scope and quality of broadcasting and mobile services. They could imply future upgrades of equipment such as TV sets. There are specific ques