Netflix, Spotify & Co: EU Parliament ready to start talks with EU Council on new rules for online TV and radio

Source: European Parliament' or '© European Union, EP' 
More cross-border access to online news and current affairs TV and radio programmesCopyright clearance to be made easier for broadcasters and operators who offer packages of channelsTalks with EU governments on new rules that aim to give consumers a wider choice in online TV and radio news can start after the full House gave them the green light.
MEPs endorsed on Tuesday the mandate for negotiations drawn up by the Legal Affairs Committee in November with 344 votes in favour, 265 against, and 36 abstentions. Parliament is ready to start talks with the Council on the new rules as soon as EU governments have agreed their own negotiating position.
Key issues
The new rules aim to respond to the growing demand of online TV and radio by making it easier for broadcasters to make their news and current affairs programmes available online also in other EU countries by simplifying the process of clearing copyright.

How should we manage media in the age of artificial intelligence? Discussion report by the Scientific Foresight (STOA) of the EU Parliament

Source:  EU Parliament - How should we manage media in the age of artificial intelligence?
Written by Philip Boucher, Mihalis Kritikos, and Carys Lawrie This year’s STOA Annual Lecture focused on how media and other information is managed and distributed in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) – including how AI can be used to disseminate information and misinformation – and also in implementing new measures to counteract fake news. The lecture marked STOA’s 30th anniversary, and was dedicated to the memory of the inaugural STOA Chair and author of the European Parliament report that led to STOA’s creation, Rolf Linkohr (1941-2017). STOA Chair Eva Kaili (S&D, Greece) opened the lecture by asking how far we can trust algorithms to make decisions for us, before introducing Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation, who congratulated STOA on 30 years of championing evidence-based policy-making for EU citizens. He described AI as a political as well a…

EU Commission opens in-depth investigation into the market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting in Austria

13 November 2017 Related policiesTelecom Laws Improving connectivity and access Today the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation concerning the Austrian regulator's (KommAustria's) proposal to continue to regulate the wholesale market for analogue terrestrial radio broadcasting transmission in Austria by requiring the transmission network provider to grant private radio operators price regulated access to its transmission services. The markets for broadcasting transmission services were removed by the Commission from the list of EU markets recommended for ex ante regulation already in the 2007.

Whilst the current case concerns three broadcasting transmission markets in Austria, namely (i) a market for the transmission of analogue terrestrial (FM) radio broadcasting signals; (ii) a market for multiplexing of broadcasting signals (i.e. a method by which multiple signals are combined into one signal over a shared medium in order to share scarce resources) a…

EU Commission conducts Impact Assessment on fake news and online misinformation

Source: EU Commission Impact Assessment

Political context

Access to reliable information is at the heart of what makes an effective democracy, yet many people find it harder to differentiate factual information and good journalism from propaganda. Increasingly, inaccurate information is shared on social media and echoed by a growing number of news outlets. The spread of fake news through social networks has become a global story due to its claimed impact on the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections and Brexit. It has also been a source of concern during other recent electoral campaigns in the EU. From a more general perspective, this phenomenon is a proxy for wider issues regarding the commercialisation and private control of the public sphere by social media and the parallel weakening of the traditional news media industry, with adverse effects on the quality of the democratic debate across the EU.

Fake news comes in a variety of forms. While some forms of fake news contain il…

Markenstreit um "Fack Ju Göhte" - Mündliche Verhandlung vor dem Europäischen Gericht in der Rechtssache T-69/17 - Constantin Film Produktion / Amt der EU für Geistiges Eigentum (EUIPO)

Quelle: EuG-Pressemitteilung
Montag, 20. November 2017, 15.00 Uhr
Im April 2005 beantragte die Constantin Film Produktion GmbH beim Amt der EU für Geistiges Eigentum (EUIPO) die Eintragung der Wortmarke Fack Ju Göhte als Unionsmarke für verschiedene Waren und Dienstleistungen, etwa für Körperpflegeartikel, Schmuck, Schreibwaren, Kleidung, Spiel- und Sportartikel, bestimmte Lebensmittel und Getränke sowie für Unterhaltung. Das EUIPO lehnte die Eintragung mit der Begründung ab, dass die Anmeldung gegen die öffentliche Ordnung und die guten Sitten verstoße (siehe Entscheidung des EUIPO R 2205/2015‑5). Gegen diese Ablehnung hat Constantin Film Klage beim Gericht der Europäischen Union erhoben. Heute findet die mündliche Verhandlung statt.
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