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Copyright talks hit the buffers

A planned final round of negotiations on highly controversial changes to EU digital copyright laws—which have important implications for R&D—has been postponed, reducing the chances of an agreement being reached.

MEP Julia Reda, one of the European Parliament’s shadow leads on the proposals, said in a post on her website on 18 January that member state governments in the Council of the EU had failed to agree a common position ahead of a planned final negotiating round with the Parliament that was scheduled for 21 January.

According to Reda, 11 governments voted against a compromise text proposed by the Romanian presidency of the Council. The presidency could yet produce a new compromise that wins enough support, but the development makes adoption of the proposals ahead of the European election in May less likely, she said.

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