LUMIERE VOD: launch of the first directory of European films to increase transparency concerning the VOD markets (Film New Europe)

Film New Europe: LUMIERE VOD: launch of the first directory of European films to increase transparency concerning the VOD markets. “Launched by the European Commission with the European Audiovisual Observatory who is managing the project, this new directory of European films will help professionals, the public authorities and citizens to find information about European films and their availability on-line in video-on-demand (VOD) services throughout the European Union.”

Reuters: EU countries back copyright reform targeting Google, Facebook

Reuters: EU countries back copyright reform targeting Google, Facebook. “The European Union’s bid to overhaul its two-decade old copyright rules cleared its final hurdle on Monday as EU governments backed the move forcing Google to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook to filter out protected content.”

News18: Apple And Google Face Antitrust Proceedings For Allegedly Promoting Own Apps

News18: Apple And Google Face Antitrust Proceedings For Allegedly Promoting Own Apps. “Apple, already the subject of EU antitrust scrutiny, on Thursday became the target of a Dutch investigation for allegedly favouring its own apps on its popular App Store. Dutch competition agency ACM suggested the investigation may be expanded to Google’s Play Store in future because of similar business practices by the company. Both services are lucrative money spinners for Apple and Google.”

Reuters: EU copyright revamp targeting Google, Facebook set for approval on Monday

Reuters: EU copyright revamp targeting Google, Facebook set for approval on Monday. “EU countries are set to agree an overhaul of the bloc’s two-decade old copyright rules next week, requiring Google to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook to filter out protected content, despite increasing opposition from some governments.”

Internet Archive: Official EU Agencies Falsely Report More Than 550 Archive.org URLs as Terrorist Content

Internet Archive: Official EU Agencies Falsely Report More Than 550 Archive.org URLs as Terrorist Content. “The European Parliament is set to vote on legislation that would require websites that host user-generated content to take down material reported as terrorist content within one hour. We have some examples of current notices sent to the Internet Archive that we think illustrate very well why this requirement would be harmful to the free sharing of information and freedom of speech that the European Union pledges to safeguard.”

European Commission: New database for EU geographical indications aims to increase transparency and simplify search

European Commission: New database for EU geographical indications aims to increase transparency and simplify search. “Launched today 1 April 2019, the new public database ‘eAmbrosia – the EU Geographical Indications registers’ will give easy access to information on all EU Geographical Indications (GI), including their status (applied, published or registered), their product specification, and a direct link to the legal basis when they are officially protected.” I didn’t have a clear idea of what geographical indications were but WIPO helped me out: “A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.”