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Open Letter to Rapporteur Axel Voss on EU Copyright Reform

On 24 April, CDT joined over 50 organisations in an open letter addressed to rapporteur and MEP Axel Voss on the EU copyright reform. The letter focuses on the concerns surrounding the European Commission’s proposal for a neighbouring right for press publishers under Article 11 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. We call on Mr Voss to delete Article 11 and instead consider proposing a legal presumption.

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Over 145 Organizations Ask Council to Adopt More Cautious and Evidence-Based Approach

On 26 April 2018, over 145 organisations sent an open letter on the EU copyright reform to the EU Member State Ambassadors and Deputy Ambassadors. The letter raises many concerns ahead of the meeting of the COREPER on 27 April, in which the Bulgarian Council Presidency wants EU Member States to endorse their latest copyright proposal. The letter emphasizes that there are still many legal uncertainties and potential unintended consequences of the proposals, which overall require a more cautious decision-making process. 

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CDT’s Response to EC ‘Fake News’ Consultation

On 23 February, CDT filed its response to the European Commission’s Consultation on Tackling ‘Fake News’. In our comments we make a number of observations. First, we point out that there is no consensus on a definition of the concept of fake news, which the consultation document acknowledges. Second, there is a need to gather credible evidence about what material exists fitting the description, and any impact it may have. Third, one essential piece is missing from the Commission’s consultation document: the acknowledgement that the ‘fake news’ issue is now top of the political agenda due to the Russian regime’s deliberate, sustained and increasingly well-documented strategy to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Finally, the questionnaire seeks input on what civil society should do to meet the challenges discussed in the consultation.

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Open Letter to European Commission – Urgent Consideration of Tackling Illegal Content Approach

It has come to our attention that the European Commission plans to issue a set of recommendations on Notice and Action by the end of February 2018; going against their initial plans. We urge the Commission to uphold its promise to continue dialogues and exchanges with stakeholders on how best to tackle illegal content online. The lack of a structured, targeted and multi-stakeholder dialogue would inevitably be detrimental to maintaining a sturdy e-Commerce framework for the EU.

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Open Letter in Light of the Competitiveness Council on 30 November 2017

On 30 November, CDT joined over 80 organisations in signing an open letter on the EU copyright reform addressed to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council (COMPET), as well as to relevant representatives of other EU institutions. In one sentence, we voice our persisting concerns over the current state of affairs of the discussions in the Council and European Commission on the proposal for a Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM) Directive. In an Annex, the letter refers to 29 letters and analyses carried out by various European stakeholders and experts, which highlight the negative impact of the current proposal, particularly in Articles 13 (monitoring and filtering of user uploads), 11 (press publishers’ rights) and 3 (text and data mining exception). 

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CDT response to European Commission Consultation on Improving Cross-Border Access to Electronic Evidence in Criminal Matters

We recognise the concerns about difficulties in obtaining electronic data relevant for criminal investigations that motivates the EC’s initiative. Our overriding message is that as the EC considers its next step, it must ensure that protection of fundamental rights is front and centre. We refer to existing human rights principles on necessity and proportionality and ask that they be included in any initiative the EC puts forward.

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Summary of Meeting with the Digital Agenda Intergroup of the European Parliament

On 6 September 2017, the Digital Agenda Intergroup of the European Parliament and CDT held a closed roundtable on removing illegal content online while protecting human rights. This is a summary of the debate held under Chatham House rules. The event focused on challenges to existing intermediary liability limitations, and free expression, from the DSM Copyright Directive Art. 13, as well as the need for consistent and harmonized notice and action procedures across the EU.

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Fixing Section 702 and the EU-US Privacy Shield

The E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement assists in the free flow of commerce by allowing companies to transfer data between the European Union and the United States, but it could be in jeopardy if U.S. surveillance law is not reformed. The Privacy Shield agreement was built on assurances that the U.S. would not subject Europeans’ data to “indiscriminate mass surveillance.”

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