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Comment: EU countries left adrift to balance freedom of speech, intellectual property rights

By Matthew Newman
  • 27 Apr 2022 16:04
  • 27 Apr 2022 16:04
EU countries will have to look elsewhere for specific guidance on balancing freedom of speech with intellectual property rights, after the bloc's top court upheld a key provision of the Copyright Directive.

The EU Court of Justice said yesterday that a rule for Google’s YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud and other user-generated conten

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Matthew Newman

Chief Correspondent

Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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