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EU Parliament Must Step Up After Council Adopts Ill-Advised Copyright Position

On May 25th, the Council’s permanent representatives committee agreed on a common position on the European Commission’s draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. To our disappointment, Member State governments did not deviate substantially from the Commission’s ill-advised position, and the approved text will serve as a mandate for the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament. Here’s why the Parliament needs to step up and oppose Council’s position.

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The EC Wants Europe to Lead on AI – But Its Restrictive Copyright Draft Rules for TDM Will Not Help

On 25 April 2018, the European Commission published its Communication on “Artificial Intelligence for Europe”. The Communication lays out a broad set of policies and initiatives for the European Union to undertake the deployment and development of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe. The Commission’s focus on ensuring that the benefits of AI can be enjoyed by all of society is appropriate. CDT’s thinking in this area has focused on tools that can help technology developers build safeguards against unintended bias and other ethical pitfalls as they design automated decision-making processes. We look forward to engaging with the proposed AI Alliance on these and other issues.

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Copyright Reform: European Creators, Artists and Users Reject Upload Filtering

By now, the background to the DSM Copyright Directive is well-known. The global recording industry convinced European Commissioners about the existence of the “value gap”. The story goes that advertising-funded internet platforms that enable users to upload copyrighted content should pay record labels a larger share of their revenues. At the core, this is a commercial dispute between Youtube and a few more global content sharing platforms on one side, and on the other a handful of global record labels. However, in Article 13, the Commission proposed licensing requirements and upload filtering to give record labels more leverage in negotiations. These negotiations are by their nature confidential business discussions, and neither side discloses numbers.

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EU Tech Policy Brief: March 2018 Recap

This is the March recap issue of CDT’s monthly EU Tech Policy Brief. It highlights some of the most pressing technology and internet policy issues under debate in Europe, the U.S., and internationally, and gives CDT’s perspective on them.

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