Google head of news warns of ‘unintended consequences’ of EU ‘link tax’ copyright reforms

Google’s head of news has warned that proposed changes to European copyright law will hit smaller news publishers hardest and “limit innovation in journalism”. Richard Gingras urged EU policymakers to “fix” what Google perceives to be the “unintended consequences” of Article 11 of the European Union copyright directive, which is in the final stages of … Continue reading “Google head of news warns of ‘unintended consequences’ of EU ‘link tax’ copyright reforms”

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Google head of news warns of ‘unintended consequences’ of EU ‘link tax’ copyright reforms

Google’s head of news has warned that proposed changes to European copyright law will hit smaller news publishers hardest and “limit innovation in journalism”. Richard Gingras urged EU policymakers to “fix” what Google perceives to be the “unintended consequences” of Article 11 of the European Union copyright directive, which is in the final stages of … Continue reading “Google head of news warns of ‘unintended consequences’ of EU ‘link tax’ copyright reforms”

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EU finance ministers back VAT reduction for electronic publications which NMA says will save news industry ‘millions’

European Union finance ministers have agreed a proposal allowing member states to reduce VAT rates on electronic publications, bringing them in line with tax rules on print. In the UK, printed newspapers, journals and magazines are zero-rated for value-added tax. However, digital versions of these publications are currently subject to standard-rate VAT of 20 per … Continue reading “EU finance ministers back VAT reduction for electronic publications which NMA says will save news industry ‘millions'”

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Deaths of Slovak and Maltese journalists have cast ‘dark shadow’ over press freedom in Europe, EU parliamentary hearing told

The deaths of two journalists in European Union member states in the past year has created a “stifling affect” on journalists in Europe, according to a hearing into press freedom at the European Parliament. Members of the EP Civil Liberties Committee met with journalists on Tuesday to discuss the current situation in Europe, in particular … Continue reading “Deaths of Slovak and Maltese journalists have cast ‘dark shadow’ over press freedom in Europe, EU parliamentary hearing told”

European Parliament votes against ‘publisher’s right’ copyright law changes as Facebook warns of ‘unintended consequences’

Europe-wide amendments to copyright law, which would have given added legal protection to publishers online, have been sent back to the drawing board after European Parliament members voted against it today. Publishing associations supported the changes and had been encouraging MEPs to vote in favour of the bill, but faced competition from Google who asked … Continue reading “European Parliament votes against ‘publisher’s right’ copyright law changes as Facebook warns of ‘unintended consequences’”

Politico and Financial Times seen as most influential media sources at European Parliament, new Comres poll finds

Politico and the Financial Times are seen as the most influential media sources for MEPs and other “opinion formers” in Brussels, a new Comres poll has found. However colleagues and personal contacts were seen to be more influential than traditional media when it came to making informed decisions at the European Parliament. Some 77 per cent … Continue reading “Politico and Financial Times seen as most influential media sources at European Parliament, new Comres poll finds”

MEPs vote in favour of ‘link tax’ as part of new copyright laws welcomed by European publishers

MEPs have voted in favour of amendments to European copyright law that could force digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, to check content published on their website is not in violation of new copyright law. Article 11, dubbed the “link tax” by its opponents, was suggested as a method to redistribute some of the … Continue reading “MEPs vote in favour of ‘link tax’ as part of new copyright laws welcomed by European publishers”

Three Dutch media outlets to take the EU to court in ‘misinformation’ spat

Three Dutch media outlets are taking the European Union to court after it labelled them “misinformation outlets” on a publicly funded website. Dutch regional daily De Gelderlander, the country’s most popular blog Geenstijl and news site The Post Online have summoned the EU to an Amsterdam court demanding allegations that they spread fake news be … Continue reading “Three Dutch media outlets to take the EU to court in ‘misinformation’ spat”