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European Parliament Committee’s Vote in Favour of Copyright Law Threatens Online Speech and Innovation

Today, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee voted by a narrow majority in favour of the controversial Copyright Directive proposal, which includes upload filtering obligations and an ancillary right for press publishers, also known as the ‘link tax’. CDT has continuously warned about the potential consequences of these articles for the ability of European citizens to communicate freely and share and access information online.

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Positive Signals in Copyright Office’s Section 1201 Report

The U.S. Copyright Office released its report on its study of Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Reform of Section 1201, which prohibits circumvention of technological protection measures, is essential for cybersecurity researchers working to make software more secure. There were a number of welcome recommendations on reform of Section 1201 in the report, although many of the proposed changes require congressional action.

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EU Squanders Opportunity to Modernise Copyright Rules

Today, the European Commission released its much anticipated legislation for copyright reforms in the EU as part of the Digital Single Market strategy. As previously leaked drafts suggested, the proposals contain major flaws and represent a significant step backwards. CDT has advocated for a progressive, innovation-friendly, and flexible copyright regime in the EU. This is not what the Commission is proposing today.

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Fear of lawsuits chills car hack research

The Hill: “There have been instances where a researcher had in fact told a manufacturer and the manufacturer had not addressed the vulnerability,” Erik Stallman, general counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology, told The Hill.

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European Commission Digital Single Market Strategy Unveiled

Today, the European Commission published its Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy. The Commission’s stated vision and objectives are laudable: a borderless Europe-wide market for online goods and services where businesses serve consumers seamlessly across national borders. While the DSM Strategy contains a number of positive elements, CDT is concerned about parts of the strategy that would hinder, rather than help build an open, innovative internet and digital market in Europe.

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Aereo Opinion Leaves Open Questions for Cloud Computing

The US Supreme Court issued its decision in ABC v. Aereo today, holding that Aereo’s Internet-based television service publicly performs copyrighted works by allowing users to tune in over the Internet. “The stakes in this case went well beyond television. The court heard that message, and responded with an opinion that attempts to limit its application to TV. In doing…

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