European Union law

  1. EU Says Internet Access Can Be Restricted

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The EU has agreed that a user's Internet access may be restricted, if necessary and proportionate, only after a fair and impartial procedure including the right to be heard. It replaces an amendment that had been voted through the European Pa ...

  2. U.K. Committee Opposes Cutting Off File-Sharers

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the U.K. government has been consulting on technical measures including suspension of Internet accounts for file-sharers, a parliamentary committee has issued a report that blames the music industry for much of the file-sharing problem and o ...

  3. Czechs Urged To Act On EU Term Extension

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT European organizations representing performers and the music industry have joined together to call on the Czech government to use the final weeks of its EU presidency to help deliver the European directive to increase copyright in sound recordings ...

  4. European Parliament Votes For Web Freedom

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament has again voted in favor of the freedom of Internet users, stating that telco subscribers' access cannot be restricted without a legal court ruling. The vote in Strasbourg appears to challenge measures such as France&# ...

  5. EU Amendment Against 'Three-Strikes' Dropped

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST French independent labels bodies SPPF and UPFI have welcome a move by Europe's Council of Ministers to reject a European Parliament amendment covering Internet rights, that would have been at odds with France's three-strikes legislation ...

  6. French Senate Validates Three-Strike Scheme

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The French Senate has adopted the "Creation and Internet" law, only 24 hours after the debates began. While intense debates were anticipated, the draft gathered 297 votes in favor and only 15 against. The draft law, which now has to be v ...

  7. French Biz Defends 'Three-Strike' Scheme After Euro Vote

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The French government and music industry is insisting that the "Internet and Creation" law, which was initiated last year by President Sarkozy and includes provisions against online piracy, can go ahead despite a European Parliament vote ...

  8. EU Extend Rules On Download VAT

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Union finance ministers today (Nov. 28) extended rules for charging value-added-tax on digital downloads until the end of 2008. The rules require sellers to collect the tax on goods delivered via the Internet to individual consumers. ...

  9. EU Extend Rules On Download VAT

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Union finance ministers today (Nov. 28) extended rules for charging value-added-tax on digital downloads until the end of 2008. The European Union finance ministers today (Nov. 28) extended rules for charging value-added-tax on digita ...

  10. EC Makes Case For Extension On Digital VAT Rules

    November 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has called for a two-year extension for the European Union's value-added-tax rules on digital downloads and broadcasting, when they expire at the end of this year. The European Commission has called for a two-year exte ...

  11. Spain Rapped Over CD Rental Royalties

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ruled that Spain broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of items like CDs and D The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ...

  12. Spain Rapped Over CD Rental Royalties

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ruled that Spain broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of items like CDs and D The European Court of Justice today (Oct. 26) ...

  13. Portugal In Hot Water Over Library Royalties

    July 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday (July 6) that Portugal broke European Union law by failing to provide royalties for copyright holders from the public lending and rental of goods such as C The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday ( ...

  14. EC Extends VAT Period On Electronic Services

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Value-Added-Tax rules on radio, television and Internet broadcasting in the European Union will be extended for a further two and a half years until the end of 2008, under European Commission plans un Value-Added-Tax rules on radio, television and ...

  15. Behind the Deal: UMG Int'l Claims EU Collecting Societies Are Monopolies

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International on Sept. 20 filed a complaint with the European Commission, arguing that 14 collecting societies, which manage musical composition copyrights, are national monopoli Universal Music Group International on Sept. 2 ...

  16. EC Begins Proceedings Over C'right Directive

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today (July 13) it had launched infringement proceedings against four countries for failing to implement a 2001 copyright legislation protecting music, movies and software The European Commission said today (July 13) i ...

  17. EC Begins Proceedings Over C'right Directive

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today (July 13) it had launched infringement proceedings against four countries for failing to implement a 2001 copyright legislation protecting music, movies and software The European Commission said today (July 13) i ...

  18. EC Gets Tough On Copyright Directive

    March 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission on March 21 launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. BRUSSELS -- The European Commission on March 21 launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, F ...

  19. EC Gets Tough On C'right Directive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Fin ...

  20. EC Gets Tough On C'right Directive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Finland and Sweden for failing to implement copyright laws. The European Commission today (March 21) launched infringement proceedings against Belgium, Fin ...

  21. Collecting Society PPL Brings Case Against U.K. Gov't

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Collecting society PPL has taken legal action against the British government for failing to implement a European directive that would extend the circumstances under which royalties should be paid for LONDON -- Collecting society PPL has taken lega ...

  22. EC To Assess Copyright Extension

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (July 19) announced plans to review its copyright laws, including the issue of raising protection for recorded music from the current European level of 50 years. The European Commission today (July 19) announced plans ...

  23. European Parliament passes Enforcement Directive

    March 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, today (March 9) passed the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which aims to provide a legal framework to protect intellectual property. The Directiv The European Parliament in Strasbourg, Fr ...