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Collective Rights Management

16.05.2013

How to make it work

While the importance of collective right management as a principle is obvious, in recent years, many concerns and criticisms have been raised by both rights holders and users on the functioning of collective management societies. This conference will take place in the midst of the process of designing a new directive on collective rights management.


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 13 - 17 May 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include Tax evasion and banking transparency, EU-Ukraine agreement and ongoing concerns, Reindustrialising Europe the right way, Collective rights management: how to make it work, & Biodiversity: a European instrument for access and benefit sharing


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Facebook terms and conditions unfair and not valid in Europe

Press release from Mark Demesmaeker MEP

A reply from the European Commission to a question submitted by an N-VA Member of the European Parliament shows that a lot of terms and conditions Facebook imposes on its European users are not valid in the European Union. MEP Mark Demesmaeker said: "Even more so, some of the conditions are ou...


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ACTA Zombie bites back

EU-India free trade deal puts millions of lives at risk

As European Commission (EC) pressure mounts on India to rush into signing a free trade agreement (FTA), activists from across Europe mobilised in Brussels today to demand that the EC withdraw provisions that will harm people’s access to medicines in India and across the developing world. Civil s...


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EU data protection rules

EU ministers must not water down data protection legislation

EU justice and home affairs ministers are set to discuss draft EU legislation on data protection tomorrow (1). Commenting ahead of the Council debate, the European Parliament's draftsperson on the EU data protection regulation Jan Philipp Albrecht (Green MEP, Germany) said: "Reports that v...


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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 14-17 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included tackling youth unemployment in Europe, biopiracy and indigenous genetic resources, regulating credit rating agencies, corruption and misuse of EU funds, the controversial economic agreement with southern Africa and working conditions in Asia and EU retailers


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Genetic resources and Biopiracy

Protecting genetic resources and traditional knowledge in developing countries

  Update:Attempts by Conservative (EPP) MEPs to weaken the report were defeated, and in the end the report by Green MEP Catherine Grèze was carried by a large majority. The EU must now support the request of developing countries that the granting of patents be dependent on the dislcosure of...


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IP rights and genetic resources

EP highlights need to tackle biopiracy

The European Parliament today adopted a report by Green rapporteur/draftsperson Catherine Grèze on the intellectual property rights of genetic resources in developing countries. After the vote, Catherine Grèze said: "Much greater effort is needed to tackle biopiracy, which is a major problem ...


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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 14 - 18 January 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include tackling youth unemployment in Europe, Biopiracy and indigenous genetic resources, Regulating credit rating agencies, Corruption and misuse of EU funds, the controversial economic agreement with southern Africa and working conditions in Asia and EU retailers


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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary week Strasbourg 10-14 December 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included the EU budget 2012-2013, the controversial EU-Latin American free trade agreement, wrongheaded EU patent system, airport noise and working conditions, Financial transaction tax, animal transport and welfare, addressing fundamental rights in the EU, EU summit and the continuing crisis, EU-Russia agreement, Human rights and EU policy, Israeli settlements and opposing the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon.


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European patent

MEPs abdicate control over intellectual property to non-EU institution

The European Parliament today voted to adopt the unitary European patent. The Greens/EFA group has raised concerns about the legality of the proposal, as well as the decision to grant wide-ranging intellectual property powers to a non-EU institution, the European Patent Office (and Court). The group...


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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 10 - 14 December 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include the EU budget 2012-2013, the controversial EU-Latin American free trade agreement, wrongheaded EU patent system, airport noise and working conditions, Financial transaction tax, animal transport and welfare, addressing fundamental rights in the EU, EU summit and the continuing crisis, EU-Russia agreement, Human rights and EU policy, Israeli settlements and opposing the Belo Monte dam in the Amazon.


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