EU policy/Monitor

From Meta, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Home Icon by Lakas.svg Home   About icon (The Noun Project).svg About   Statement icon (The Noun Project).svg Statement   Monitor icon (The Noun Project).svg Monitoring   Documents icon - noun project 5020.svg Documentation   Take Action icon (The Noun Project).svg Handouts   Team icon - noun project 20586.svg Team   Tranparency icon (The Noun Project).png Transparency
Brussels EU.svg
Monitoring Reports


The EU policy monitoring reports for Wikimedia found here, aim to briefly inform the community and chapter staff about the most relevant ongoings in Brussels. Their primary mode of publication is the Advocacy Advisors mailing list.

This index archive was set up on this page to facilitate an overview and make topic-related searches easier. Also, an etherpad link to the upcoming issue wants to explicitly invite contributors to join the editing process.

Upcoming Report - Draft[edit]

Report-edit.svg

You can help us by dropping off a piece of information, writing a paragraph or format some text. Don't be shy!

Upcoming Report Draft

August 2018[edit]

tl;dr
Ahead of the next important copyright vote on 12 September everyone is waiting to see what new compromises and amendments will be on the slate.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Plenary Vote
  2. Wikimedia events
  3. PSI Directive

Full Report

June 2018[edit]

tl;dr
This time we will call it a “EU copyright reform special”, so prepare to read a single-issue report.


Highlights

  1. JURI vote
  2. Plenary vote in 5 July
  3. Wikimedia activities

Full Report

May 2018[edit]

tl;dr
The Council adopted a negotiating mandate on copyright. The European Parliament is discussed a seventh compromise proposal on “upload filters” today and is expected to vote on 20 June. After that, the two institutions will have to agree on a common version.


Highlights

  1. Council mandate on copyright
  2. Preparing for the trilogue
  3. Trade Talks and IPR

Full Report

April 2018[edit]

tl;dr
The Council of the EU failed to reach a decision on copyright reform last Friday, meaning bickering between Member States will continue well into May. Meanwhile the Parliament is making timid progress towards a committee vote still scheduled on 21 June.


Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform - No COREPER deal
  2. PSI Directive Update Proposed
  3. French jurisprudence: Chambord vs. Kronenbourg

Full Report

March 2018[edit]

tl;dr
Full throttle in Brussels this month - copyright decisions on education, the public domain and upload filtering seem possible in the European Parliament, while filters are still pending in the Council. The PSI Directive and the Database Directive reforms are being drafted.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform - EP & Council Updates (Wikipedia carve-out?)
  2. PSI Directive Reform
  3. Tackling Illegal Content Online

Full Report

February 2018[edit]

tl;dr
Actions against upload filters going on in several countries as the Council and Parliament discussions enter decisive phase..

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform - Article 13
  2. Copyright Reform - Education & Preservation
  3. Tackling Illegal Content Online Commission Recommendation
  4. Fake News - What is Wikimedia's role?


Full Report

January 2018[edit]

tl;dr
The new Bulgarian Presidency of the Council is attempting some subtle moves on copyright [0], while the Parliament seems to be gaining speed (but not compromises) in its lead committee. “Fake news” were also talked about.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform - BG Presidency Questions
  2. Copyright Reform - JURI Compromises
  3. Fake News
  4. Is NC illegal?

Full Report

November 2017[edit]

tl;dr
It is the final weeks of a digital policy frenzy here in Brussels before the institutions go into hibernation from 11 December. The Estonian Presidency is doing all it can to get a Council negotiating position on copyright by year’s end, but isn’t likely to make it. Meanwhile, the lead committee of the European Parliament is struggling to find compromises and is expected to postpone the vote.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform - Again Council Compromises
  2. Copyright Reform - JURI stalls
  3. IPRED Communication

Full Report

October 2017[edit]

tl;dr
The crucial copyright vote in the European Parliament has been postponed until at least the end of January. The Council negotiations have been fed a new round of compromises drafted by Estonia.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform - New Council Compromises
  2. e-Privacy Regulation passes EP
  3. PSI Directive Consultation

Full Report

September 2017[edit]

tl;dr
The crucial committee vote on copyright has been postponed giving us several extra months to prepare. The Member States are discussing a common position in the Council and some of them are worrying about fundamental rights.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform - New timeline and Council discussions
  2. AVMSD
  3. Digital Contracts

Full Report

August 2017[edit]

tl;dr
Most of Europe literally shuts down in August, but the past week has seen activities accelerate back to full swing. We are setting the stage for a decisive Legal Affairs committee vote on copyright, for which the compromises will be negotiated in September.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform - Parliament compromises and Council leaks
  2. Database Directive
  3. New European Civil Liberties organisation "CLUE"

Full Report

July 2017[edit]

tl;dr
The most important European Parliament vote for the copyright reform will take place in the Legal Affairs committee on 10 October. So far, we have had one rather forward-looking opinion from the Internal Market committee and two backwards oriented opinions from the Culture and Industry committees.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform - Ahead of Lead Committee
  2. Database Directive
  3. New restrictions for photographs in Latvia

Full Report

June 2017[edit]

tl;dr
After the vote in the Internal Market Committee, which approved FoP and UGC exceptions, as well as a public domain protection, industry pressure is increasing on all other committees. The most important vote will be on 10 October in the Legal Affairs Committee.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform - EP Committees
  2. AVMSD
  3. Database Directive Consultation

Full Report

May 2017[edit]

tl;dr
An all important Internal Market Committee (IMCO) vote on copyright is next week. As IMCO has joint responsibility on this file, their final wording on the “upload filtering” article is crucial. ACTION REQUIRED

Highlights

  1. IMCO Vote on Copyright
  2. CULT and LIBE Committees Progress
  3. Database Directive Consultation

Full Report

April 2017[edit]

tl;dr
Ça y est ! The copyright amendments in the lead European Parliament committees have been proposed. From now on we are focused on building consensus and forging compromises. In the meanwhile, we answered the European Commission’s consultation on “data driven economy”, telling them that a new related right on data isn’t a swell idea. In Hungary, a new proposed law might make operating NGOs with funds from abroad very unpleasant.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform Amendments
  2. Data Economy Consultation
  3. Hungarian NGO Bill

Full Report

March 2017[edit]

tl;dr
The EU copyright reform has entered into the first decisive phase in the European Parliament. The lead committee (Legal Affairs) is collecting amendment proposals until 12 April. After that, the rapporteur and her shadows will try to make sense of all the proposals and find compromises that can be carried by majorities. This is the first chance for us to include the changes we need in this reform. Our priorities are FoP, Public Domain, TDM and UGC.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform
  2. Digital Contracts
  3. Big Fat Brussels Meeting 4

Full Report

January 2017[edit]

tl;dr
The hot phase of the EU copyright reform is getting closer. We are currently talking to the decisive MEPs on a number of issues: text and data mining, Freedom of Panorama, safeguarding the public domain, ancillary copyright, upload filtering, linking and databases

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform
  2. Data Economy Consultation
  3. E-Privacy

Full Report

November 2016[edit]

tl;dr
Brussels was very much preoccupied with the proposed EU copyright reform in November. The European Parliament appointed responsible committees and rapporteurs. We have a timeline that will give us time until March to propose changes. Wikimedia drafted several changes and started discussing them with potential partners and decision-makers.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform
  2. AVMS
  3. E-Privacy

Full Report

October 2016[edit]

tl;dr
Copyright reform: Action, action, action!

Highlights

  1. National consultations
  2. Top priorities
  3. Main risks

Full Report

September 2016[edit]

tl;dr
Copyright reform announced.

Highlights

  1. Limited copyright exceptions
  2. Ancillary copyright
  3. Intermediary liability

Full Report

July 2016[edit]

tl;dr
DG CNCT is bravely working trough the heat to prepare its copyright (reform) package on 21 September.

Highlights

  1. Copyright
  2. Privacy Shield
  3. Net Neutrality

Full Report

June 2016[edit]

tl;dr
An interesting case in Beglium on levies gives new spin to EU copyright reform momentum

Highlights

  1. FoP in Belgium
  2. Image Levies in France
  3. Reprobel case

Full Report

May 2016[edit]

tl;dr
3rd DSM Package (no liability) and FoP in Belgium

Highlights

  1. No intermediary liability regime change
  2. FoP in Belgium
  3. Privacy Shield DOA

Full Report

April 2016[edit]

tl;dr
Our FoP consultation strategy is ready.

Highlights

  1. FoP Consultation
  2. Auiovisual Media Services Directivwe
  3. Text and data mining

Full Report

March 2016[edit]

tl;dr
A new consultation focusing exclusively on Freedom of Panorama and a rebranded ancillary copyright proposal.

Highlights

  1. FoP Consultation
  2. Ancillary Copyright Consultation
  3. IPRED Consultation

Full Report

February 2016[edit]

tl;dr
Plenty of work on Freedom of Panorama in the Member States this month, which is important as shifting the negotiation preconditions for a few national governments is a very efficient way to change the dynamics in Brussels.

Highlights

  1. FoP in France
  2. FoP in Belgium
  3. BEREC's NN guidelines

Full Report

January 2016[edit]

tl;dr
The Database Directive is suddenly “up for grabs”, European news media publishers split over internal differences and France might soon live to see a Freedom of Panorama exception.

Highlights

  1. Digital Single Market Strategy
  2. Database Directive
  3. FoP in France

Full Report

November 2015[edit]

tl;dr
The European Commission wants a fully harmonised copyright. One day. For now, they are planning two reform packages - in December and June 2016. Simultaneously there is more and more pressure on regulating a new enforcement and liability regime online.

Highlights

  1. Copyright Reform Package
  2. Enforcement
  3. SatCab Directive

Full Report


October 2015[edit]

tl;dr
The Telecoms Single Market package is finally through. It establishes some very limited form of network neutrality and promises the end of roaming, kind of. Copyright reform will be split into two packages – an uncontroversial one in December and a more ambitious one next year.

Highlights

  1. Telecoms Single Market Regulation passed (Net Neutrality rules)
  2. Copyright reform to be split
  3. Digital Single Market 2016-2020 Consultation

Full Report

September 2015[edit]

tl;dr
The European Commission is running a consultation on intermediary liability, in France and Belgium FoP is becoming a national topic and this year’s Big FAT Brussels Meeting will take place on the 20-21 November.

Highlights

  1. Platforms Consultation
  2. EP Parliamentary Questions on FoP
  3. Data Protection Umbrella Agreement

Full Report

May 2015[edit]

tl;dr
Two weeks until the committee vote that will include FoP and PDGo. Wikimedia co-hosted a Freedom of Panorama event in the EP. That Commission officially announced a Digital Single Market Strategy.

Highlights

  1. 14 days ahead of the our compromises still not finalised
  2. Wikimedia co-hosts FoP event in the EP
  3. European Commission presents Digital Single Market strategy

Full Report

April 2015[edit]

tl;dr
Vote on “Reda Report” postponed by more than a month. FoP is looking good. PDGov is a toss-up.

Highlights

  1. Reda Report
  2. Wikimedia Events
  3. Net Neutrality

Full Report

March 2015[edit]

tl;dr
Two of our main goals, Freedom of Panorama and Government Works in the Public Domain have been proposed in the draft report on the Implementation of the InfoSoc Directive (a.k.a. “Copyright Directive”). However a large number of the tabled amendments aim at limiting or removing the original paragraphs.

ToC

  1. InfoSoc Implementation Draft Report Amendment Proposals Published
  2. IMCO Committee Vote on Opinion for InfoSoc Implementation Report
  3. Commission Hates Geo-Blocking and/or Alarm Clocks
  4. NYU/HEC EU Regulatory Clinic Work on Freedom of Panorama

Full Report

February 2015[edit]

tl;dr
There are two copyright theatres at this point - the European Parliament and the European Commission. The former is working towards the media, the latter is writing away in a cloud of mystery. Wikimedia is engaging in both on an ongoing basis.

ToC

  1. IMCO, CULT & ITRE Committees Publish Draft Opinions on Copyright Reform
  2. Wikimedia Participates in High-Level Roundtable with Commissioner Oettinger
  3. AskAnsip and AskOettinger Twitter Events
  4. Scope and Terms of Wikimedia Requested PD Contribution Study

Full Report

January 2015[edit]

tl;dr
While the Commission is quietly and sometimes reluctantly drafting a copyright reform proposal, the European Parliament is in the middle of trying to find its position on the matter by writing an own-initiative report.

ToC

  1. EP Report on the Implementation of the 2001 InfoSoc Directive
  2. Intergroup on the Digital Agenda and Positions of the Commission
  3. Parliamentary Question on PDGov
  4. WIPO Broadcast Treaty

Full Report

November 2014[edit]

tl;dr
To be extra popular, we’re keeping it rather short. Some data protection and plenty of copyright.

ToC

  1. The Google Spain Case and the “Right to be Forgotten”
  2. European Commission Work Programme 2015
  3. Copyright Reform Perspectives: Directive or Regulation and what about France & Belgium?
  4. Freedom of Panorama/Wikimedia in the media

Full Report

October 2014[edit]

tl;dr
The Court of Justice of the EU ruled, that embedding copyrighted videos cannot constitute copyright infringement. The European Wikimedia chapters published their position paper on copyright reform in the EU.


ToC

  1. FKAGEU: Position paper on EU copyright published
  2. CJEU: Copyright ruling on embedded videos
  3. Commissioner Ansip: offline and online hearings
  4. Commissioner Oettinger: Internet levies? Ancillary copyright? “Google

tax”?

Full Report

September 2014[edit]

tl;dr
The new Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society performed unconvincingly in his European Parliament hearing but said he wants to produce a copyright reform proposal in 6 months’ time. While the Commissioners are being checked out by the members of parliament, some of their units are moving offices - most notably for us the copyright unit is moving from DG MARKT to DG CONNECT.

ToC

  1. EP Hearings: Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society GuentherOettinger
  2. Restructuring the EC: Copyright unit moving from MARKT to CONNECT
  3. CETA: Released text contains chapters on e-commerce and IPR
  4. CJEU: Judgement on digitisation and access to works on libraries
  5. Recommended reads

Full Report

July 2014[edit]

tl;dr
The copyright reform white paper and impact assessment were postponed, while at about the same time the new Commission President made reforming copyright his top priority. Meanwhile the EC proclaimed Creative Commons licenses as a de-facto standard for public sector information, albeit in non-binding guidelines.

ToC

  1. Copyright Consultation Review Released
  2. EU Recommends Free Licenses for Public Sector Information
  3. New Commission President Makes Copyright Reform Top Priority
  4. Recommended Action: Advocacy at Wikimania

Full Report

June 2014[edit]

tl;dr
A draft of the White Paper on copyright was leaked and looks very vague. A court decision confirmed that caching when browsing the internet does not constitute a copyright infringement.

ToC

  1. Leaked White Paper on Copyright
  2. Meltwater Case Decision by the CJEU
  3. EU Libraries May Digitise Books Without Asking Permission
  4. Next Steps in Brussels - Parliamentary Groups, Committees and Commissioners

Full Report

May 2014[edit]

tl;dr
A ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union turned the “right to be forgotten” from a philosophical concept to a Google form with submit button. Meanwhile the European Council is thinking about its position on net neutrality while the European Parliament is constituting its committees.

ToC

  1. Court decision grants EU citizens the “right to be forgotten” by search engines
  2. Net Neutrality negotiations in the European Council
  3. Post-Election Political Groups, Parliamentary Committees and Commissioners

Full Report

April 2014[edit]

tl;dr
Everyone here turned back to their Member States to work on their reelection. This gives us some time to concentrate on case law and take a closer look at what the Commission has been up to.

ToC

  1. Commission Works on Copyright Reform - leaks, studies and a White Paper
  2. ECHR Case Delfi vs. Estonia - website liability for user comments
  3. CJEU Case ACI Adam vs. Thuiskopie - lawfulness of private copies
  4. Net Neutrality Legislation - European Paliament adopts its final version

Full Report

March 2014[edit]

tl;dr
Brussels politics is generally calming down ahead of the elections with the notable exception the crucial net neutrality vote this week. Meanwhile the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that web site blocking orders do not have to be specific.

ToC

  1. CJEU: „UPC Telekabel Wien“ Decision
  2. TTIP: EU-US Talks on Web Hosting Liability
  3. Net Neutrality: Decision Imminent
  4. Big Fat Brussels Meeting vol. 2

Full Report

February 2014[edit]

tl;dr
A White Paper on copyright can be expected before the summer break, according to Commissioner Barnier. He also wants to revive the attempts for "notice and action" legislation, although even his staff in Brussels was unaware of that. In Luxembourg, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled that no extra permission is needed to link to content available online. Finally, in Strasbourg, the Parliament passed the Collective Rights Management Directive explicitly allowing "non-commercial" licensing.

ToC

  1. Beyond the Copyright Consultation
  2. CJEU: Linking to Copyrighted Content Without Permission Legal
  3. Restarting the Notice and Take Down Directive
  4. Collective Rights Management Directive Adopted
  5. Short Stories: Internet Governance, Food Porn and a Study on InfoSoc

Full Report

January 2014[edit]

tl;dr
Just one more week to go until the Copyright Consultation by the Commission closes. At the same time the Data Protection reform has officially been postponed for the next legislative period. Surprisingly, the Network Neutrality dossier is moving ahead at a steady pace.

ToC

  1. Copyright Consultation
  2. Committee Vote on the EU Single Market for Electronic Communications
  3. EU Data Protection Regulation Delayed

Full Report

November 2013[edit]

tl;dr
Copyright reform dialogue,PSI guidelines and study on the “contribution of public domain works and open licensing to the European economy” likely to come.

ToC

  1. New Copyright Reform Consultation Announced
  2. Public Sector Information Hearing in Luxembourg
  3. Study on Public Domain and Open Licensing by EC
  4. Trademark Directive and Encyclopedias

Full Report

October 2013[edit]

tl;dr
Open Access is to be compulsory in the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding programme. The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that an Estonian website is liable for third-party comments on their website. The European Parliament LIBE committee has passed its version of the Data Protection Regulation, making the "right to be forgotten" into the "right to be erased".

ToC

  1. European Court of Justice Backs Freedom of Information
  2. European Court Rules Website Liable for Third-Party Comments
  3. Studies on Intellectual Property Released & IP Infringements Observatory Meeting
  4. Open Access in EU’s Horizon 2020 Funding Programme
  5. Data Protection Regulation - Committee Vote
  6. Commission Requesting Citizens’ Feedback on Internet Policies
  7. Creative Commons Takes Global Position on Copyright Reform

Full Report

September 2013[edit]

tl;dr
There is a chance that the General Data Protection Directive will be negotiated behind closed doors. The Commission has tabled its proposal for a network neutrality regulation including “specialised services” permission. We at the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group are writing up a mission statement.

ToC

  1. Surveillance and Data Protection
  2. Net Neutrality
  3. Revision of the PSI Directive
  4. TTIP
  5. EU Launches OER Initiative
  6. Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU - Drafting the Mission Statement
  7. Open Policy Network by Creative Commons

Full Report

July 2013[edit]

tl;dr
From a Wikimedian’s perspective, the most significant events were the signing of two open letters as a reaction to PRISM (by WMF and WMDE) and the Committee vote on the Collective Rights Management Directive. This is the Directive that will decide whether it will be legal for musicians to donate single pieces of music to our projects.

ToC

  1. Prism and Data Protection - Reactions and Wikimedia actions
  2. Collective Rights Management Directive - Committee vote passes
  3. Licences for Europe - Inside the work groups
  4. Net Neutrality - Leaked draft
  5. Notice and Takedown - And now what?
  6. Meet us in Hong Kong!

Full Report

June 2013[edit]

tl;dr
In June, NSA PRISM news have had a firm grip on public and political attention in Brussels, resulting in a loss of focus on several relevant proceedings. July is expected to be hotter, as a lot of work will be rushed through before the break in August.

As we’re experimenting with the best possible format, the articles in this report will be kept shorter than in the previous one. Feedback appreciated.

In the coming weeks the EU Policy Portal on Meta will be further developed to reflect current ongoings and become a topical information hub. Keep an eye on it!

ToC

  1. Licenses for Europe - Turbulences and Midterm Reports
  2. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - Audiovisual Exception Adopted by EP
  3. EU Data Protection - LIBE Committee Vote Postponed
  4. Network Neutrality - Commissioner Kroes Expected to Propose Legislation
  5. Future of Copyright Contest - A Way to Share Your Vision

Full Report

May 2013[edit]

tl;dr
The first monitoring report on EU Policy strives to give a brief overview over current legislative debates in Brussels that might be of interest to the Wikimedia movement. We have five topics.

ToC

  1. Collective Rights Management and Online Use
  2. EU-US Trade Agreement
  3. Stakeholder Dialogue on Copyright
  4. EU Data Protection
  5. Network Neutrality

Full Report