Collective rights management reform

Time for a fair remuneration of artists

Collective rights management is key for artists. However, in many cases the way it is organised and implemented at national or European level raises important issues: transparency, governance, fair remuneration and sharing of the resources, licensing practices, to name but a few. Too many artists do...


Towards the reform of collective rights management


Time for a fair remuneration of artists

Collective rights management is key for artists. However, too many artists do not benefit from this system and are ignored by its management. How do we improve the situation and make sure that collecting societies serve artists best?

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The Citizens’ Initiative is Only the Beginning

On 1 April, Europe will turn over a new leaf! For the first time in history, citizens will be given a tool to set the political agenda across the continent with the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI).

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the week and plenary session 26-30 March 2012

Priorities for the Greens/EFA group this week included the next step in the fight against ACTA, protecting passenger data, repression in Belarus, strenghtening air passenger rights, enlargement reports, refugee fund, ...

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Eurovision and Human Rights

Singing for Democracy in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is determined to boost its international image and portray itself as a modern European country by hosting this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Baku in May. Yet at the same time, reports on human rights violations are spreading across Europe and attracting much media coverage...

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Document Freedom Day


Open standards in the eBook market

Giving voice to the movement for a free information infrastructure, and to highlight the importance of Open Standards and how they impact both universal access to the Public Domain and business opportunities in the eBook market.

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Mobile phone roaming

Deal will reduce artificially high roaming costs but falls short of delivering realistic prices

A deal on new EU rules on mobile phone roaming, concluded last night between negotiators from the European Parliament and Council, today received the go-ahead from the Council (1). The deal will lead to lower charges for mobile phone users when roaming across border and, as such, is welcome but the ...


ACTA - Anti-counterfeiting agreement

EP to push ahead with ratification procedure and ensure democratic due process

The European Parliament is set to continue with the ratification process for the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the foreseen timetable with a view to taking a decision as regards whether or not to give its consent by the summer. MEPs on the EP trade committee today decided not to pus...

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Spring festival dating back 3000 years


Open Standards

Document Freedom Day, transparency and the eBook market

Document Freedom Day is coming to the European Parliament on the 28th March with the Greens and free software community organising an event to highlight the importance of Open Standards. With a topical focus on the eBook market, the event will highlight how Open Standards impact both business oppo...


Worlwide reading of Liu Xiaobo's works


Solidarity with the Nobel Peace Prize winner and protest against his imprisonment

The goal of the worldwide reading is to share Liu Xiaobo's works with a broader readership, to remind the world that a humanist, a freedom fighter, an outstanding writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner is still in a Chinese prison and to express the protest against it.

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Greens/EFA Round-up

Debriefing of the plenary session 12-15 March 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary session included the state of nuclear power on the Fukushima anniversary, strengthening the role of cooperatives in European society, the recent elections in Russia, government violence in Syria, the low carbon roadmap...

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