BRUSSELS—Despite a pledge to reform geoblocking , the Google snippet tax, and other key copyright law issues, it seems that the European Commission has now backtracked, according to a leaked copy of its plans. On Thursday, Statewatch published a leaked copy of the commission’s “impact assessment” for the promised overhaul to copyright measures. This is not a final document, but it will factor strongly into the draft law that will be released later in September. The 182-page document has provoked outrage among digital rights’ lobbyists who called it a "devastating" U-turn on pledges to end geoblocking and to reject the so-called Google snippet tax. "It's appalling to see the European Commission promise one thing in public, while planning the opposite in private. This leak shows that the commission plans to ignore more than 37,500 individuals and preempt the results of their own consultation, showing a remarkable contempt for evidence-based policy making," said OpenMedia's Ruth Coustick-Deal. Earlier this week, Brussels’ vice president Andrus Ansip said the commission "does not have any plans to tax hyperlinks." Technically he's right. What is proposed in the impact assessment is not a tax, and it's not on all hyperlinks. But—and it's a big but—the document clearly pushes for an EU-wide… Read full this story
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