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iP OUT OF TAFTA CiViL SOCiETY DECLARATiON

The TAFTA negotiations must not lead to a rewriting of patent and copyright rules in a way that tilts the balance even further away from the interests of citizens.

UNiTARY PATENT : THE STORY AiN'T OVER

The European Parliament has voted for the unitary patent regulation on Tuesday December 11, 2012. Nevertheless, the story ain't over. Stay tuned for any news in the following months.

PETiTiON : NO DRM iN HTML 5 - FSF

We're not going to let this slip through under the radar. More than 13,900 people have already signed this petition to stop DRM in HTML5.

EUROPEAN COMMiSSiON 'TALKS' ABOUT MODERNiSiNG COPYRiGHT

The digital economy has been a major driver of growth in the past two decades, and is expected to grow seven times faster than overall EU GDP in coming years. Online, there are new ways of providing, creating and distributing content, and new ways to generate value.

ANTi-SHARiNG DiRECTiVE iPRED STiLL ON THE TABLE

Because of its overreaching nature, IPRED harms access to culture, and hampers new cultural practices such as remixing, but also the development of new technologies and innovation in general.

CETA THREATENS INTERNET, HEALTH AND DEMOCRACY

A draft trade agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA) threatens the Internet, health and democracy, according to the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII). The agreement contains an investor-state arbitration clause, which gives multinational companies the right to directly sue states in international tribunals. CETA places these arbitration tribunals above the high courts of Europe and Canada.

DiSCRiMiNATORY PRACTiCES CONTiNUE TO PLAGUE iT PUBLiC PROCUREMENT

Using technical specifications to discriminate ICT solutions continues to be a widespread practice within the EU. These persisting discriminatory practices are not properly addressed.

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