On 14 February 2019, the European Commission published a blog post titled "The Copyright Directive: how the mob was told to save the dragon and slay the knight" at https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission/t.... This blog post was subsequently retracted two days later.
The original blog post is still available at https://web.archive.org/web/201902151145.... The removal text at https://web.archive.org/web/201902161800....
Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:
- Who was responsible for putting this blog post online?
- Was there a consensus on the content of this blog post? And if so, among whom?
- Did this blog post reflect the views of the European Commission at the time of publication?
- Does it reflect the views of the European Commission now?
- Were concerns against this blog post raised before its publication?
- Why was this blog post retracted?
- Who decided to retract this blog post?
- What draft versions of this blog post exist?
- What communication happened concerning this blog post?
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Right of access to documents: Communication and decision process regarding 14/2/2019 blog post "The Copyright Directive" and its subsequent retraction
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