News May 31, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gallo Report clears first hurdle Organisation Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News French MEP Marielle Gallo’s report on online file-sharing and copyright infringement was approved today by the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) by 13 votes (EPP and ALDE) to 8 (Greens and S&D). Four amendments were adopted against the rapporteur’s advice but they made no substantive change to the report, which retains its very dogmatic and repressive character (http://www.laquadrature.net/en/gallo-report-copyright-dogmatism-wins-a-battle-not-the-war).The Gallo Report will now be submitted to a full session of the parliament on 14 June and will be put to a vote the following day. Further amendments will be possible only if the Conference of Presidents agrees that it has “strategic” importance for the European Union. Some of the parliamentary groups could decide to present an alternative report.The report is not legislative in nature but, once approved by the parliament, it will influence the measures adopted by the European Commission. These will probably take the form of a new Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED 2) designed to standardise the criminal penalties used to enforce intellectual property rights throughout the European Union.The major amendments proposed by the report’s critics were rejected by the Legal Affairs Committee. French MEP Françoise Castex wrote on her website: “By likening file-sharing for non-commercial purposes to counterfeiting and theft, Marielle Gallo and the European right are, like the ACTA, proposing to criminalise millions of Internet users (http://www.francoisecastex.org/).Such repressive policies would probably violate individual freedoms, including freedom of expression.—————————————————————–31/05/2010Concern about report’s call for repressive approach to online copyright violationsReporters Without Borders is worried about a report by French MEP Marielle Gallo of the European People’s Party recommending a more repressive approach to online file-sharing and copyright infringement similar to France’s Hadopi law or Britain’s Digital Economy Act. The report will be submitted to the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) tomorrow.The press freedom organisation supports the amendments to the Gallo Report being proposed by the EPP’s opponents. Once the committee has adopted the report and submitted it to the full parliament, no more amendments will be possible.“This report on measures for copyright enforcement will not have legislative effect but it could establish the parliament’s position on this issue and facilitate an unsatisfactory outcome to the negotiations on the ACTA, the proposed international treaty against counterfeiting,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The report fails to take account of studies that cast doubt on the negative impact of file-sharing and the damage resulting from illegal downloading,” Reporters Without Borders added. “The repressive measures it recommends would also be completely ineffective while violating such fundamental rights as freedom of expression, access to culture and the right to due process. Creativity is stimulated by online exchanges. Once again, a balance must be found between intellectual property rights and free expression.”Two parliamentary groups are at odds over the report. On the one side is Gallo’s right-of-centre EPP, the largest group in the European Parliament, which supports her call for punitive measures against peer-to-peer exchanges, bypassing the need to refer to a judge, and the creation of a private copyright police. It would be a setback for all those who regard the Internet as a basic right and oppose a “graduated response” leading to the disconnection of illegal downloaders.The other camp consists of the Greens, the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). It does not dispute the need for measures to combat counterfeiting, as proposed by French MEP Françoise Castex, the report’s co-author. But it opposes repression and the criminalisation of Internet users and wants alternative mechanisms and a creative contribution.The Gallo Reports acknowledges that the information about copyright violations is “inconsistent, , incomplete, insufficient and patchy.” Aside from the TERA report, a study commissioned by Vivendi that claims that illegal downloading will result in the loss of 1.2 million jobs by 2015, the leading studies have found that its effect is neutral or even positive. US judicial authorities even concluded that the methodology of studies claiming financial losses were invalid. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Europe – Central Asia RSF_en News June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more
Weetabix has grown revenues and profits in its first full year of ownership by China’s Bright Food Group. Turnover for the year to 28 December 2013 increased by 3.3% to £366.4m, while operating profit before exceptional items was up 2.2% to £102.5m, according to sister title The Grocer.The company described the results as “ultimately satisfactory” following a challenging trading period. It attributed the growth to continued brand investment, ongoing innovation and strong customer relationships.It has also launched new front-of-pack labelling highlighting that Weetabix is low in salt, fat and sugar.Clare Canty, Weetabix senior brand manager, said the new pack was designed to remind customers about the “nutritional strength” of the brand. “From listening to our customers, we know that health is one of the biggest motivating factors in their decision making process,” she said.“As such, we wanted to make it easier than ever for people to remember that when it comes to providing a nutritional and tasty start to the day, Weetabix really is the number one choice that the whole family can enjoy.”Weetabix has faced difficulty as consumers turn to own-label products and the discounters rather than paying for premium brands. As a result, it has invested in new product development, launching the Weetabix On The Go breakfast biscuit in apple and cinnamon; fruit and fibre; and milk and cereals varieties to grab a share of the booming breakfast market.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has drawn the ire of many musicians during his campaign, including Adele, The Rolling Stones and more. Even Neil Young begrudgingly allowed Trump to use “Rockin’ In The Free World,” but he had some particularly nasty things to say about Trump in the process. Now, you can add Queen to the list.After celebrating victories on Tuesday night, Trump appeared with the music “We Are The Champions” playing. The band’s guitarist and founding member Brian May said that Trump did not have or ask for permission to use the song, and should not use it going forward. May posted a statement about the song usage on his website.“I’ve had an avalanche of complaints – some of which you can see in our ‘Letters’ page – about Donald Trump using our ‘We Are The Champions’ track as his ‘theme’ song on USA TV. This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy.”The Letters page also links to May calling Trump “unsavoury,” and shows a screenshot of someone else’s Tweet that reads “Freddie Mercury sent a cease and desist from his grave.”With the presidential race heating up, will Trump have any music to walk out to in the future?
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Executive Ed ManganoNassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs says that Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s re-election committee has broken the state’s campaign finance law—and he’s asked New York Attorney General Jay Schneiderman to investigate.A spokesman for the Schneiderman’s office confirmed the receipt of Jacobs’ request but would not comment further.Jacobs claims that last summer his committee decided to look at the more than 70 Republican clubs in Nassau and examine their financing, which he claims they’d never done before. They saw that the Hicksville Republican club, whose chairman, Rob Walker, happens to be chief deputy county executive, was raking in more than $100,000 in 2011 and more than $300,000 in 2012, after previously collecting $29,000 in 2010. Last year the club bought a $204,000 luxury box at Met Life Stadium, where the club hosted fundraising events for Mangano’s re-election.“It doesn’t smell good,” Jacobs said on a conference call to reporters from Harris Beach law office in Uniondale, which is shared by former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, although Jacobs claimed it’s also his own lawyer’s office.“The problem here is not just that somebody else paid for the box and that Mangano has benefitted from it and it constitutes an illegal contribution, which it does,” asserted Jacobs, “it is that the entire set of transactions—what the Republicans refer to as a molehill—demonstrates a concerted effort to have donors in essence contribute and help Ed Mangano get re-elected without being identified because their money is being funneled through a straw entity—the Hicksville Republican Club—which is likely not to be reviewed and not likely to be found out.”And what’s most curious about the $300,000 windfall coming into the Hicksville club, Jacobs said, is that “those people do not want to contribute directly to Mangano’s campaign to pay for a luxury box!”According to the Democrats’ complaint, which was also filed with the New York State Board of Elections, the Hicksville club took in more than $70,000 in contributions from at least 15 companies—from the DeLea Sod Farms in East Northport to Edgewood Industries in Garden City and Movin’ On Sounds and Security in Franklin Square—with each one giving “well in excess,” Jacobs says, of the $5,000 campaign limit per company, and also with no obvious ties to Hicksville.Jay Jacobs“Why is the Hicksville club so lucky?” Jacobs asked.More egregious, Jacobs asserted, is that Mangano’s re-election committee has collected donations from companies doing business with Nassau County, citing Looks Great Services, Inc., which was recently awarded $68 million in contracts for debris removal following Superstorm Sandy (and came under fire in the Nassau Legislature for mistakenly chopping down 111 trees in the Welwyn Preserve in Glen Cove). According to the complaint, the service’s owner, Kristian Agoglia, gave the Mangano campaign $16,500 in personal contributions, which is permissible, but the company’s $10,745 contribution exceeds the legal corporate limit.Also in the Democrats’ allegation is a claim that during the 2012 filing period there were more than $110,000 in “questionable” reimbursements to Walker, who got $20,995; Brian Nevin, Mangano’s spokesman, who got $62,328; and Doreen Pennica, the “Friends of Ed Mangano” political committee treasurer who got $6,793 and works for the county.“There were no details,” Jacobs explained, just “multiple, non-itemized, lump-sum expenditures/payments,” as the complaint calls them, without any explanation other than these three individuals were “fundraising.” As Jacobs interpreted the law, that’s a violation.Nevins scoffed that he and his colleagues had done anything wrong in their efforts to support their boss’s re-election. Indeed, the Daily News first reported the campaign’s purchase of the “luxury box” at the Met Life Stadium this summer, and no charges were filed by the state’s election board then.“The only campaign Jay Jacobs knows is one of mudslinging and slander,” says Brian Nevin in a statement to the Press. “All campaign contributions were properly reported and the campaign will take the necessary steps to address any contributions that exceeded the cap. That being said, Jay Jacobs is purely sour over the fact that residents and businesses throughout the Nassau support Ed Mangano for freezing County property taxes for three straight years and creating nearly 4,000 private sector jobs as County Executive.”Jacobs didn’t see it that way. “This is a large-scale set of violations of the law involving hundreds of thousands of dollars,” the Democratic chairman says.So far, as the 2013 race for the county executive’s office heats up, Mangano has $2.2 million on hand, and the only announced Democratic challenger, Adam Haber, claims he has more than $2 million in his campaign chest.