“Upload filters or anything else that restricts this will stop artists from making and creating the future”

The second key disputed provision was Article 11. This would create a so-called “neighbouring right”, meaning that newspapers, magazines, and news agencies would receive a fee when web services link to their stories.

The European Parliament on Wednesday approved a controversial EU copyright law that hands more power to news and record companies against internet giants like Google and Facebook that promised to fight on.

The watershed vote in the French city of Strasbourg confirmed the European Union as Silicon Valley’s most powerful critic and follows anti-trust decisions that have cost Google and Apple billions.

The EU is also leading the political charge on protecting data privacy, and just ahead of the copyright vote warned web firms it could hold them responsible for terrorist propaganda.

Backing the copyright draft were traditional media, in urgent search of income at a time when web users are shunning newspapers and television with advertising revenue siphoned away by online platforms.

European lawmakers were sharply divided on the copyright issue, with both sides engaging in some of the most intense lobbying the EU has ever seen.

But, despite uncertainty ahead of the vote, MEPs meeting in Strasbourg ended up passing the draft law with 438 votes in favour, 226 against, and 39 abstentions.

The text MEPs settled on compromised on ways news organisations will charge companies for links to content, with platforms free to use “a few words” of text, according to a key amendment.

It also spared small companies from so-called upload filters that will make platforms — such as YouTube or Facebook — liable for copyright breaches and force them to automatically delete content by violators.

MEP Julia Reda, a strong opponent of the law, called these “cosmetic changes” and slammed the vote as “a severe blow to the free and open internet”.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who firmly backed the reform, hailed “a great step forward for Europe”.

The draft had been fiercely resisted by US tech giants as well as online freedom activists, with some campaigners warning it could spell the end of viral “memes” or jokes.

Opponents also fear that automatic filters to prevent users from sharing content subject to copyright could be misused to censor political messages or other forms of free expression.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, the major tech lobby, said MEPs “ignored the warnings… on the real threats this proposal causes.”

Lawmakers can now start negotiations with the European Council representing the 28 member states which had already reached a compromise on the issue in May.

These closed-door discussions, which also include the European Commission, are known in EU jargon as “trilogues” and can take several months before any compromise is put to a fresh vote.

“We now urge the Council and Parliament to come to a balanced outcome in the final negotiations,” said CCIA, which has Google, Facebook and Uber as members.

Proponents of the reform would like a law before the European elections in May 2019, when many fear an influx of eurosceptic MEPs with little use for the measure.

The bitter lobbying battle, which will continue behind the scenes, was over two parts of the planned law.

The first and most contentious was Article 13, which would make platforms like Google-owned YouTube legally liable if their users share copyrighted material, to prevent content producers being ripped off.

Critics say the change will lead in effect to blanket censorship of platforms that have become an online hub for creativity as well as the prime source of entertainment — at the expense of TV — for younger generations.

“Upload filters or anything else that restricts this will stop artists from making and creating the future,” said former Fugees star Wyclef Jean on Tuesday in Strasbourg.


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Vienna Fashion Festival + MQ Vienna Fashion Week 2018

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10 years, 10 days, 10 events, 10 rewards
and the MQ VIENNA FASHION WEEK (10.-16.9.) Celebrates its 10th anniversary
Fashion enthusiasts, trade visitors and national as well as international press are offered a varied program. At over 70 fashion shows, the latest collections are presented every hour in the fashion tent and presented to the public. Pop-up stores, fashion events and parties invite you to immerse yourself in the fashion world in and around the city and the MuseumsQuartier.


MuseumsQuartier Vienna

Museum Square 1
1070 Vienna

Current Dates

  • Fri. 07 Sep 2018
  • Sat. 08 Sep 2018
  • Sun. 09 Sep 2018
  • Mon. 10 Sep 2018
  • Tue. 11 Sep 2018
  • Wed. 12 Sep 2018
  • Thu. 13 Sep 2018
  • Fri. 14 Sep 2018
  • Sat. 15 Sep 2018
  • Sun. 16 Sep 2018

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JW Anderson Appoints Jenny Galimberti as New CEO

Jonathan Anderson, founder of UK fashion label JW Anderson, has appointed Jenny Galimberti as the company’s CEO. Galimberti, former communications and events director at Louis Vuitton, replaces Simon Whitehouse, who departed in November 2017 for personal reasons.

According to WWD, former Prada executive Stefano Cantino will replace Galimberti at Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton parent company LVMH took a 46 percent stake in JW Anderson in 2013, so this move keeps things within the family, so to speak.



Gloria Steinem has a new beauty project in the works that aims to help women in prison

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The activist and journalist has teamed up with the social adjustice organization The Lipstick Lobby to launch a new lip product called ‘In The Clear.’ The treatment, a Vitamin E-infused bullet lip balm made using a cruelty-free formula, promises to nourish lips while adding a hint of gloss. The entire proceeds from the sales of the limited-edition balms will be donated to the ‘unPrison Project,’ a program that teaches incarcerated women in the US valuable skills for life after prison.

Photo: Jody Rogac

The Lipstick Lobby has a strong history of using makeup to fund social initiatives — the organization has worked with Planned Parenthood and The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in the past. As for Steinem, she is the latest star to join a growing movement of celebrity voices using the beauty industry as a platform for social causes, joining the likes of Mandy Moore, who recently joined forces with Garnier on a campaign to encourage beauty packaging recycling, and Lancôme ambassadors Julia Roberts, Penélope Cruz and Lupita Nyong’o, who helped the French beauty giant publicize its “Write Her Future” literacy program back in the spring.

In The Clear is now available from thelipsticklobby.com, priced at $19.


H&M launches 25-unit perfume collection in partnership with Givaudan

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On August 16, H&M will launch a line of 25 fragrances in collaboration with Swiss perfume manufacturer, Givaudan.

To make the extensive collection of scents, the fast-fashion firm’s in-house teams have partnered up with two Givaudan perfumers: Nisrine Grillié, a fresh company talent, and Olivier Pescheux, a recognised name in the perfume world, and the nose behind Paris’s bespoke perfume store Diptyque and co-creator of Paco Rabanne’s ‘One Million’.

The collection, which sees H&M push further into the fragrance market, will be available as three lines, where prices range from 4.99 to 24.99 euros.

The ‘Singles’ collection, a line of ten fragrances, is centred around a single note, such as vanilla, chocolate or yuzu, and is priced at 4.99 euros. In addition, there is the ‘Rêveries’ (Dreams) line, which come as an eau de toilette or mist, and finally the premium ‘Essences’ line, created around one key ingredient such as santal, patchouli or rose, offered as an eau de parfum or a perfume oil in a roll-on format.

The perfumes will be sold in-store and online across some 47 markets where H&M Beauty is available.

VIA fashionnetwork