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  1. EU Parliament Wants Pirated Sports Streams Taken Down Within 30 Minutes The European Parliament is considering a draft resolution that requires online services to take pirated sports streams offline within 30 minutes. This includes a proposal to allow copyright holders to act as trusted flaggers. According to Pirate Party MEP Patrick Breyer, the plan is dangerous as it can cause massive collateral damage. In recent years the European Commission has proposed and adopted various legislative changes to help combat online piracy.
  2. EU faces fresh shortfall of AstraZeneca vaccine supplies Italy is among the nations to have banned the use of batches of the AstraZeneca vaccine / © AFP The European Union is facing further shortfalls in its coronavirus inoculation programme after pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca said production problems and export restrictions would reduce planned deliveries of its vaccine. The Anglo/Swedish firm's image has already taken a hit with several countries suspending the rollout of its vaccine over blood clot fears, even as the World Healt
  3. Car groups throw spanner in works of EU’s hydrogen drive Industry pours cold water on idea hydrogen can vie with battery power to replace ICEs. Enlarge / The lettering "BMW i - Hydrogen Next" can be seen on the front of a BMW X5 equipped with a hydrogen drive. The car is equipped with two 700 bar tanks for a total of 6 kg of hydrogen. picture alliance | Getty Images Europe’s two biggest industrial and economic powers are laying billions on the table in an attempt to take on China in developing a “green” hydroge
  4. A recent study published through the European Parliamentary Research Service suggests that a new 'EU Anti-Piracy Act' is the most effective way to tackle online piracy of sports events and other premium content. This new legislation should harmonize anti-piracy policies and tools across EU member states, providing strong enforcement options including site-blocking. In recent years the European Commission has proposed and adopted various legislative changes to help combat online piracy. This includes the Copyright Directive which passed last
  5. Should copyright trolls, whose only purpose is to extract settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates, be allowed to obtain their identities from ISPs? According to a legal opinion from Advocate General Szpunar to the EU Court of Justice, if national courts believe the request is unjustified or unlawful, the answer is no. The term ‘copyright troll’ is regularly used to describe companies and entities, largely in the video entertainment industries, that target alleged file-sharers for cash settlements. In the main, these companies prefer not
  6. The European Commission has released its 2020 piracy watch list which provides an overview of notorious markets located outside of the EU. The report is largely based on input from copyright holders and has a strong focus on malware threats. For the first time, it also lists 'social media' platforms including the popular messenger app Telegram. Following the example of the United States, the EU started publishing its very own piracy watchlist two years ago. This ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ is put together by the European Commission.
  7. A new European Citizen Initiative titled "Freedom to Share" aims to legalize file-sharing. The group, which is backed by Wikimedia Italy as well as Pirate parties in several countries, plans to gather a million signatures at which point the EU is obliged to organize a public hearing to seriously consider the proposal. This could theoretically lead to new legislation. Millions of people around the world use torrent sites and forms of file-sharing to share copyrighted material on a regular basis. In most countries, this is against the law. Thi
  8. The European Commission has just released a draft of its Digital Services Act, which will dictate how online services deal with potentially illegal content. The proposed legislation prohibits monitoring or filtering obligations. In addition, it improves transparency and allows senders of false takedown notices to be suspended. For roughly two decades, major EU copyright rulings have been founded in the E-Commerce Directive. This legislation defines how online services and platforms should handle potentially infringing content if they don’t w
  9. New research published by the EU Intellectual Property Office unveils local piracy preferences, including the most pirated TV-shows, movies, and musicians. While the findings are somewhat dated, the follow-up analysis leads to some surprising conclusions. The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) regularly conducts studies to see how piracy develops over time. These studies help the public to understand local piracy trends and can be used as input for future policy decisions. Last month, for example, EUIPO res
  10. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Tech giants that break new EU rules aimed at curbing their powers could face fines, be ordered to change their practices or even be forced to break up their European businesses, the bloc’s digital chief Thierry Breton said on Wednesday. Breton’s comments come two weeks before he is due to present draft rules known as the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA), which are likely to affect big U.S. players Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft. The DSA will force tech companies to explain how their algorith
  11. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union could produce enough batteries by 2025 to power its fast-growing fleet of electric vehicles without relying on imported cells, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: An electric car is charged from an Iberdrola electric car charging station in central Bilbao, Spain As part of its plan to become climate neutral by 2050, the EU wants to boost local production of the building blocks for green industries - including hydrogen fuel to make low-carbon steel and batteries to power clean vehicl
  12. Apple's device identifier service for advertisers is being targeted by privacy advocates in two complaints to Spanish and German authorities, reports Bloomberg. A Vienna-based group called NOYB ("None Of Your Business") has filed complaints with data protection authorities in the two countries, calling for them to outlaw Apple's "Identifier for Advertisers" (IDFA) service. Each ‌iPhone‌ that Apple sells comes with the unique identifier, which lets advertisers track the actions users take when they use apps. The group argues that the service allows Ap
  13. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has apologised to Europe's industry chief Thierry Breton over a leaked internal document proposing ways to counter the EU's tough new rules for technology companies. Google CEO Sundar Pichai Pichai and Breton exchanged views in a video-conference call late on Thursday, the third this year, according to a statement from the European Commission. “The Internet cannot remain a ‘Wild West’: we need clear and transparent rules, a predictable environment and balanced rights and obligations,” Breton told Pichai.
  14. The retailer is accused of using third-party seller information to build its own products. The European Union is serving formal antitrust charges to Amazon, saying that the retailer has misused its position to compete against third-party businesses using its platform. Officials, led by competition chief Margrethe Vestager, believe there is enough evidence to charge the company for this misuse. This data, so the claim goes, was used by Amazon to build copycat products to undercut these independent businesses, especially in
  15. Several of the world's leading Internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok, are calling for a new safeguard under EU law, so they can take proactive measures against piracy and other illegal content. Through the industry organization EDiMA, the tech giants argue that they want to proactively remove content, but only if they're not held liable as a result. Prominent tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook and Google, all respond to takedown notices, as they are legally required to do. Major copyright holder groups bel
  16. BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union wants the World Health Organization to become more transparent about how states report emerging health crises, a draft proposal on reforming the U.N. agency says, following criticism of China’s initial handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference organized by Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July
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  18. TikTok, meanwhile, is joining the EU's code of conduct. The European Union wants tech giants to do more than they have to counter fake news for users on the continent. EU foreign policy lead Josep Borrell and European Commission values and transparency VP Vera Jourova have said Facebook, Google and Twitter should produce monthly reports on their efforts to stamp out disinformation campaigns. The officials are not only concerned about attempts by Russia and China to influence European politics, but the direct damage to people from COVID-19 misinformati
  19. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested the European Union was out of line bringing lawsuits against U.S. technology companies like Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google , saying legal action against those firms should be the purview of the United States. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump “She hates the United States perhaps worse than any person I’ve ever met,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network in an apparent reference to EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. “What she does to our coun
  20. A long-running European antitrust investigation into whether Qualcomm used predatory pricing when selling UMTS baseband chips about a decade ago has landed the chipmaker with a fine of €242 million (~$271M) — aka, 1.27% of its global revenue for 2018. The EU regulator concluded Qualcomm used abusive pricing to force its main rival at the time, UK-based company Icera, out of the market — by selling certain quantities of three of its UMTS chipsets below cost to two strategically important customers: Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE. Co
  21. Key Points EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is preparing to launch a full probe into Amazon in the coming days, Bloomberg reported. Vestager previously launched a preliminary probe into how Amazon uses data on third-party merchants to fuel its Marketplace. Europe has placed heavy scrutiny on Big Tech during Vestager's time in office, fining Google more than $9 billion since 2017 for alleged violations. Photo: European Competition Commi
  22. PARIS (Reuters) - EU regulators will decide what steps to take regarding Spotify’s complaint about Apple once they get a response from the iPhone maker, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Monday. World No.1 music streaming service Spotify complained to the European Commission in March that Apple unfairly limits competitors to its Apple Music streaming service. It also criticized Apple’s 30 percent fee levied on content-based service providers for using its in-app purchase system (IAP). European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she
  23. More than 4.7 million counterfeit products seized, over 16 400 social media accounts suspended and 3 300 websites closed in the EU-wide operation Aphrodite II against trafficking of counterfeit goods. A joint investigation carried out by law enforcement authorities from 18 countries and supported by Europol, resulted in the seizure of 4.7 million counterfeit products. During the operation, 16 470 social media accounts and 3 400 websites selling counterfeit products were closed. The online fake goods marketers were sellin
  24. Meat from a Polish slaughterhouse suspected of selling products from sick animals has been sent to at least 13 European countries. The abattoir in Kalinowo near the town of Ostrów Mazowiecka was secretly filmed slaughtering sick cows by Polish broadcaster TVN. It showed slaughter was carried out at night to avoid official veterinary supervision. The meat was labeled as inspected by a veterinarian before being sold to meat processing plants and companies in different countries. Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Por
  25. The nonprofit was asked to remove archives of all books, TV, cartoons, and more by the EU Nations around the world are cracking down on online terrorist content, introducing legislation that penalizes sites and ISPs if they fail to remove suspect content. But that fight could pose a real threat to sites like the Internet Archive, a nonprofit that saves old copies of webpages and other digital information. In a blog post yesterday, the organization explained that it received more than 550 takedown notices from the European Union in the past week “falsely ide
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