Saturday

25th Mar 2017

Ticker

Free wifi providers not responsible for illegal downloads, EU rules

The EU court said Thursday in a preliminary ruling that businesses providing free wifi cannot be held responsible for users' copyright infringement. The case was brought to court by a German shopkeeper after a customer used free internet access to illegally download music covered by Sony copyrights. The EU court also ruled that free wifi providers could be obliged to secure their networks with a password.

Column / Brexit Briefing

The Union under threat

The effect of Brexit will be much more profound on Northern Ireland than on Scotland. Some kind of border controls with Ireland seem inevitable.

Bulgaria's election test

Sunday's general elections will be a test for the country's relations with the EU, Russia, and Turkey, as well as for the political future of former leader Borisov.

'Mr Putin steps into French elections'

Putin treated France's anti-EU firebrand, Le Pen, as if she had already won the elections. "I have my own viewpoint ... identical to Russia's", she said.

SMEs lack support in EU financial plan

The European Commission's plan for a capital markets union is said to be aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, but many could end up being left out in the cold.

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