This month in a short and sweet version: The new Commission still isn’t in
office, terrorism is on the agenda and we are pecking away at the copyright
Anna & Dimi
This and previous reports on Meta:
For terrorist content regulation proposal, round 3 has started with the
first trilogue meeting on October 17th. The three institutions made a
presentation on their priorities and agreed on a timetable. Further work
was delegated to the technical level. It means that the institutions want
to find common ground on minor issues while they are preparing the bigger
issues for political decisions - we presume the latter to be potential
reinstitution of referrals and proactive measures into the proposal.
Good news is that the Rapporteur, ECR’s Patryk Jaki (PL), maintained the
line adopted by the European Parliament in its final voting streak of the
previous EP term. No to upload filters and referrals, exceptions for
journalistic, educational, artistic, etc. exceptions, judicial or
functionally independent competent authority and no direct cross-border
enforcement make the EP position diametrically different from that of both
the Council and the European Commission. Looks like a lot to be discussed!
Meanwhile the EC is pushing for the trilogues to be concluded a.s.a.p.,
meaning until the end of this year. It is hard to imagine since the next
trilogue meeting is scheduled for November 20th only. The recent terrorist
attacks: in the synagogue in Germany that was live streamed and at a
police station in Paris are, the EC argues, a proof that the EU needs
the new law now. Since the EC proposal is much broader that the manifestly
illegal streaming of violent crimes, so much for the “do something”
doctrine, we say.
Art 17 Stakeholder Dialogue:
The first Stakeholder Dialogue on Article 17 of the Copyright in the
Digital Single Market Directive took place on 15 October. The European
Commission is required by the Directive itself to organise such meetings
and issue “best practices for cooperation between online content-sharing
service providers and rightholders”.
Wikimedia is represented, along with the two associations we are members of
- EDRi and Communia. All in all there were 80 stakeholders ranging from
large platforms, over rightholder lobbies to collecting societies. Each EU
Member State is also represented in the room. The meeting itself was
completely off topic. Instead of discussing best practices for cooperation
most stakeholders just repeated their old talking points from years ago.
More details in the Communia blog: 
IE: The Irish government is starting a string of consultations on the
copyright reform transposition. The first round included Articles 14, 15
and 17 and Wikimedia submitted answers. The second round includes Articles
2-7, the deadline is 14 November.  If you know individuals or
organisations that would like to cooperate on this, please get in touch!
RO: The Romanian Copyright Office (ORDA) is asking about voluntary
procedures for complaint resolution for Articles 13, 17(9) and 21. The
questions were sent out to known national stakeholders by email. They are
asking what alternative dispute resolution procedures should be applicable
at national level: mediation, arbitration or another impartial body. H/T to
EDRi member ApTI for letting us know!
CY: Communia and Wikimedia organised a copyright transposition workshop in
Cyprus together with the national UNESCO Commission, the University of
Technology and local law firms. It even made the evening news :D