EMMA's Future Media Lab. hosts first Summit for its AEMII project: Accelerating European Media Innovation and Insights

Today, 14 December, the Future Media Lab. kicked off it's innovation project - Accelerating European Media Innovation and Insights (AEMII) - by hosting a meeting with digital media strategy decision makers and providers of innovative technologies for media companies from across Europe. Eight publishers from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland were present for the meeting, as well as five innovation partners.

This week's Future Media Lab. news round-up now online!

This week's Future Media Lab. news round-up covers a lot of interesting points for publishers. In this edition, read about everything from the experiences publishers have had with Facebook's Instant Articles, to the European Commission's new action plan on copyright, to the rise of paywalls in Europe and even the possibility of native virtual reality ads. Not to be missed! 

EU Copyright Action Plan published

The European Commission has published a Communication entitled “Towards a more modern, more European copyright framework”, which it describes as a "political preview" that will be translated into legislative proposals and policy initiatives in the next six months. (See here for more details of the Communication, as well as the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on online content portability).

Human Rights Day: EMMA celebrates freedom of expression in Europe

EMMA joins the global community in celebrating “Human Rights Day”, which commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. In its Article 19, it upholds press freedom as a pillar of a free and democratic society (“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”)

AEMII – game-changing project presented at European Commission event

Earlier today, EMMA presented the first structured collaboration project organised by Europe’s publishers at a European Commission event on “media and big data” in Brussels. The AEMII programme -- short for “Accelerating European Media Innovation and Insights” -- brings 12 publishers from 7 EU Member States together with leading technology innovators and policy advisors in the creation of a joint open innovation platform, run by EMMA’s Future Media Lab..

European Court of Justice decision highlights why reform of European copyright directive is necessary

On 12 November 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on a case between Hewlett-Packard Belgium and Reprobel, the Belgian collecting society responsible for the collection and distribution among authors and publishers of legal licence remunerations.

Future Media Lab. to run interactive expert conference on “Technology and Media: Shaping the Future of Audience Engagement”

Brussels-based media innovation think tank Future Media Lab. is pleased to announce the first speakers of its annual conference, titled “Technology and Media: Shaping the Future of Audience Engagement”. The conference will take place on 26 January 2016 in Brussels and features a keynote address by Tom Standage, Deputy Editor and chief digital strategist at The Economist.

Apimprensa raises alarm about press freedom violation in Portugal

At the end of October, EMMA's Portuguese member Apimprensa expressed its strong concern for how a court "devalued the freedom of the press in Portugal" following a ruling that bars the publisher of the Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manhã from reporting on a corruption investigation into former prime minister Jose Socrates.

EMMA’s 2014-2015 Annual Report released today!

EMMA released its 2014-2015 annual report at the VDZ Publishers’ Summit today. This report presents an overview of EMMA’s activities within the last year, with details about the top issues EMMA is working on, information about our member organisations, and highlights of some of the activities and events that have taken place.

European journalists’ and media organisations urge EU institutions to ensure draft directive on trade secrets protects media freedom

European journalists’ and media organisations urge the European institutions to ensure that the draft Directive on trade secrets currently under discussion guarantees a clear and strong protection of the right to media freedom and information, or else reject the draft.

Future Media Lounge conference: “Digital Platforms: helping or hurting media pluralism?

The Future Media Lab. will be hosting the next session of its Future Media Lounge event series in Brussels on Tuesday, 29 September in the European Parliament, from 18:00-20:00. The debate “Digital Platforms: helping or hurting media pluralism?” will be moderated by David Earnshaw, President and Senior Advisor, Burson-Marsteller, Belgium.

Strong growth for Roularta magazines in Belgium

According to the recent CIM Print Survey, all Roularta titles together reach more than half of the Belgians. In total 5 million Belgians read one or more titles owned by Roularta Media Group.

Press Publishers urge MEPs to uphold media freedom by amending draft EU Directive on Trade Secrets

European organisations representing newspaper and magazine publishers have raised the alarm over the potential impact on media freedom of a draft new law on Trade Secrets. The draft EU Directive on Trade Secrets is scheduled to be voted in the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament tomorrow, based on a report by Constance Le Grip (EPP, France.)

EU President Juncker: “European Commission will suggest in 2016 reduced VAT for digital press to EU Member States”

At a very fresh and reassuring speech of President Jean-Claude Juncker during last night’s (6 May 2015) BDZV (German newspaper association) event in Brussels he confirmed that the European Commission will suggest in 2016 a reduced VAT rate for the digital press to EU Member States.

Future Media Lab. workshop finds that most European publishers struggle to effectively utilize Big Data

As the media environment in Europe rapidly changes to deal with shifting consumption patterns, technological innovations and disrupted business models, publishers’ strategies are also adapting. Big data increasingly plays a role in the way publishers innovate and develop new business models, but there are many market, regulatory or operational challenges that inhibit utilizing this data in the best way possible.

EMMA supports World Press Freedom Day

In 1993, World Press Freedom Day was established by the UN General Assembly. Each year, on May 3, the fundamental principles of press freedom are celebrated worldwide. The day provides the opportunity to examine the state of press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks, and to pay tribute to journalists who lost their lives while practicing their profession.

EMMA lends its support to #CopyrightForFreedom campaign

EMMA, the European Magazine Media Association, has today lent its support to a campaign #CopyrightForFreedom which aims to highlight and generate support for freedom of expression, in the context of the current debate on copyright reform.