Digital world

The future of copyright in the digital era


A Greens/EFA hearing

The digital era and digital technologies have raised new questions for copyright and intellectual property. How can these tools, which are aimed at stimulating and rewarding innovation, be adapted in a transformed environment? This hearing will address this and other questions. (

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Freedom of expression online


Interplay of human rights and ICT

The conference panelists will be very diverse: representatives of the Council of Europe and the European Commision, investigative journalists and internet freedom activists as well as consultants and representatives from network and media initiatives

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EU data retention rules

New evaluation underlines need to scrap data retention directive

The European Commission today published an evaluation report on the EU directive on data retention for telecommunications data. The Greens believe the report, which has revealed the far-reaching nature of data retention under the rules, underlines the need to annul the directive. Commenting on the r...

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Korea trade agreement

MEPs approve far-reaching FTA, endorsing environmental loopholes for European gas guzzlers

The European Parliament today gave its approval to a controversial free trade agreement with South Korea. The Greens have expressed concerns about the far-reaching nature of the agreement, including provisions under which Korean car emissions rules have been manipulated to allow European car makers ...


Intellectual property enforcement

EP votes fails to respond to the changed reality of intellectual property

The European Parliament today voted to adopt a non-legislative resolution on intellectual property enforcement in the EU (*). The Greens/EFA group (which had co-sponsored an alternative resolution that failed to pass) voted against the final resolution, as it failed to distinguish between counterfei...

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ACTA – anti-counterfeiting deal

MEPs pressure on ACTA yielding results but concerns about agreement remain

The European Commission today briefed MEPs on the current situation in the negotiations on an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at a debate in the European Parliament plenary session. In the context of the debate, German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht said: "Pressure from the European ...

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Greens call for ACTA transparency

The Greens/ EFA group yesterday adopted an urgent appeal for transparency in the negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). With this action, the Greens/EFA protest against the decision by ACTA negotiators to keep a new version of the draft treaty secret after the 9th negotiatio...


The New Political Role of Internet and Mobile Phone


Example Iran

Modern information networks turn more and more into essential tools for political mobilisation. The discredited presidential elections in Iran have initiated a popular protest-movement, the so-called "Green movement" which gained much of its momentum through the new technologies offered via internet and mobile phone: sms, You Tube, twitter, Skype and others.


Bank Data Agreement

Conservatives and Social Democrats cave in on SWIFT

German Green MEP and member of the Civil Liberties Committee, Jan Philipp Albrecht, comments on the ongoing negotiations between Council, Commission and Parliament over the transfer of bank data to US authorities ("SWIFT agreement"):"Now the cat is out of the bag: The grand coalition of Conservative...

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