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Google circumvents Germany’s pay-for-content rule by making news orgs opt in

LSR was passed to help media creators get paid when their work is used in search, but it’s not working out that way

Last spring, Google unsuccessfully tried to prevent a German copyright law that would require news aggregators to pay for the... More

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HuffPost Germany slated for autumn

It’s a licensing partnership between the Huffington Post and a German media company

Times are hard for Germany's newspapers. Last year, they laid off a record number of journalists, and this year, many... More

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EBU moves from assistance to defiance

A key player in the saga of Greece’s public broadcaster usually sticks to support rather than activism. Not this time

Tuesday night, many devoted Greek soccer fans were glued to their computers instead of slouching in front of the TV... More

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Greek judge rules ERT should remain on air

But it hasn’t happened yet

A Greek court ruled Monday that the country's public broadcasting network, known as ERT, should remain on air until it... More

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Consensus was that ERT needed reforming

“Of course there is corruption at ERT, but that is the fault of the politicians, not the journalists”

While journalists and advocates continue expressing outrage over the way Greek public broadcaster ERT was closed--it went dark with little... More

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Greece closes its public broadcaster

ERT employees are refusing to leave the station and are broadcasting online

Journalists and civil society groups across Europe expressed outrage over the Greek government's abrupt closure of its public broadcasting system... More

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UK considers stepping up Internet blocking

Home secretary Theresa May wants to prevent more “radicalization”

Should governments block websites that spread hardline ideology but don't explicitly advocate violence--like the ones likely read by the Tsarnaev... More

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Libel convictions face resurgence in Italy

For the second time in the past couple years, Italian journalists have faced jail time for defamation

Three Italian journalists were sentenced to prison terms Friday in Milan for libeling a prosecutor. Andrea Marcenaro and Riccardo Arena... More

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Google’s privacy policy scrutinized in Europe

A six-country investigation could have worldwide ramifications

Six European countries are stepping up the heat on Google to comply with the continent's strict privacy policies, a year... More

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French antipiracy efforts unsuccessful

The French government started cracking down on illegal downloading, so users switched to illegal streaming

Hadopi--a wildly unpopular French antipiracy agency charged with seeking out illegal downloaders for prosecution--may be reorganized, assigned with new duties,... More

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LSR to become German law

Search engines and news aggregators will have to pay to use others’ original content

The Leistungsschutzrecht, a controversial German proposal that would force for-profit companies to pay for using short snippets of news content,... More

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German copyright bill passes parliament

Leistungsschutzrecht calls for charging aggregators that repost publishers’ content

Germany's national parliament approved a controversial bill on Friday that would require news aggregators, such as Google, to pay for... More

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Enforcing copyrights in Europe

In the absence of laws, private companies are doing the job

In January, on the anniversary of the defeat of the Stop Online Piracy Act, an Internet activist group called Fight... More

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In Azerbaijan, a blogger refuses to be silenced

Emin Milli says the Internet is a lifeline for journalists living under oppressive regimes

A woman asked Emin Milli and Jérémie Zimmermann if she could take a photo of the two bloggers as they... More

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German bill would charge for aggregation

The potential law would provide content creators with a portion of the profits search engines make by aggregating them

News aggregators and search engines in Germany will be required to pay publishers a fee for using their content—even snippets,... More

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Europe’s newspapers are dying too

The implosion of the newspaper industry, long a dreaded topic in the US, has finally hit the continent

The staff of Financial Times Deutschland appeared on the back page of the newspaper on Friday, in a deep bow.... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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