Oettinger

10 reality-challenged ways that the EU's departing internet commissioner tried to destroy the internet

Since 2014, we've chronicled the reality-challenged internet proposals of the scandal-haunted EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger; now, on the eve of Oettinger's promotion to EU budget chief, MEP Julia Reda lists the 10 normal web activities that Oettinger has sought to ban, from sharing snippets of 20 year old news articles to quoting three-word newspaper headlines to creating and operating a search engine. Read the rest “10 reality-challenged ways that the EU's departing internet commissioner tried to destroy the internet”

European Commission resurrects an unkillable stupid: the link tax

Meghan writes, "You've probably never been kept awake at night worrying about a European Commission communication. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't be. Today the Commission published its roadmap for EU copyright reform, and despite the fanfare around portability of Netflix, it's clear that the bad idea known as 'ancillary copyright' has come back -- from the dead! -- to haunt us." Read the rest “European Commission resurrects an unkillable stupid: the link tax”

EU wants to require permission to make a link on the Web

Digital commissioner Günther Oettinger (CDU – EPP) is joining with European Parliament president Martin Schulz (SPD – S&D) in pressing the European Commission to create a copyright interest in links, meaning that making a link to a Web-page that contains infringing material would expose you to liability for copyright infringement yourself. Read the rest “EU wants to require permission to make a link on the Web”

Pirate MEP's copyright reforms voted in by Europarl with "Right of Panorama" intact

German MEP Julia Reda's brilliant recommendations for reforming EU copyright have passed the European Parliament, and the dastardly attempt to make it illegal to take "commercial" photos in public places has been killed. Read the rest “Pirate MEP's copyright reforms voted in by Europarl with "Right of Panorama" intact”

Google News shuts down in Spain

Spain's insane new compulsory fee for quoting news stories has shut down Google News there -- and will prevent any new news search-engines from emerging to replace it. Read the rest “Google News shuts down in Spain”

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