IGEL - RSS-Feed http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/feed de Two more EP Committies gang up against free linking http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-07-12/two-more-ep-committies-gang-up-against-free-linking <p><body> <p> After the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) voted on its opinion on the new Copyright Directive a month ago, it were the Committees for Culture and Education (CULT) and for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE - see the <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bCOMPARL%2bPE-592.363%2b03%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN">opinion</a>) that both had their turns yesterday. The result: the suggestion of an even worse ancillary copyright for press publishers.</p> <p> <strong>Mediocre starting position</strong></p> <p> Regarding the CULT's vote it was of little to no surprise that the European Commission's initial proposal for an ancillary copyright a.k.a. link tax appealed to the majority of MEPs. The draft opinion that had been prepared by the elected rapporteur Marc Joulaud (EPP) did already strongly favour the introduction of a new publisher's right. However, the outcome is nevertheless shocking because the Commission's proposal was not only approved but also changed for the worse!</p> <p> In the case of the ITRE, the starting position looked a bit better as elected rapporteur Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR) proposed a change away from the publishers' right to the presumption that an author had transferred his rights onto the publishers. This would enable the latter to negotiate licence agreements and to fight infringements much easier while at the same time the freedom of the net would be maintained.</p> <p> Tragically, in both Committees the good and fair amendments failed miserably to prevail against the destructive and hypocritical ones.</p> <p> <strong>What was decided?</strong></p> <p> Both Committees' opinions want to expand the publishers' right's scope. Instead of applying to digital uses only, every use of publishers' texts shall be covered be it offline or online. Combined with the untouched Article 18(2) which states that the link tax shall also apply to all press publications published in the past, this would deeply damage the freedom of information.</p> <p> But there are exceptions to it, right? Well, the ITRE also wants to get rid of the exception for scientific and academic papers. Organisations like the International Association for Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) <a href="http://www.stm-assoc.org/2016_09_14_News_Release_STM_response_to_Directive_on_Copyright_in_the_Single_Digital_Market.pdf">lobbied hard</a> for their goal to not be excluded from the publishers' right. Although this might sound good at first glance, the consequence will be that people stop linking to these papers as they fear they have to pay a remuneration. This would be a hard blow to all open access initiatives and the free spread of knowledge.</p> <p> The CULT wants a new exception to the link tax to be added that raises a tremendous amount of questions and thus only creates legal uncertainty:</p> <blockquote><p> <em>"The rights granted under this Directive should be without prejudice to the authors’ rights and should not apply to the legitimate uses of press publications by individual users acting in a private and non-commercial capacity."</em></p> </blockquote> <p> What is the definition of a "legitimate use" and whose decision will it be? The publishers'? When can the sharing of a link be regarded as private or non-commercial? Is it private when I share a link on a publicly accessible website? Is it non-commercial when I post a link on a website or platform that has ads?</p> <p> The addition continues:</p> <blockquote><p> <em>The protection granted to press publications under this Directive should apply to content automatically generated by an act of hyperlinking related to a press publication without prejudice to the legitimate use of quotations.</em></p> </blockquote> <p> So we shall not be allowed to share a link when this automatically triggers the display of a snippet? What exactly is the harm to the publishers caused by this? Are they not able to handle all the additional viewers they receive? Do they really think any company will continue to make use of this technique when they have to pay for it?</p> <p> <strong>Any hope?</strong></p> <p> The information of freedom is not yet lost. The Committee in charge of the European Parliament's final text is the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) which will have its final vote on 10th October 2017. Other Committees' opinions only provide something like a "specialized expertise" (although it does not look like this). Unfortunately, the new rapporteur of the JURI is a <a href="http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-07-09/parliaments-largest-group-fully-endorse-commissions-proposal-link-tax">strong advocate</a> of the new publishers' right. So don't stop to raise your voice and call your representatives!</p> <p></p></body></p> CULT ITRE committee copyright Europe European Parliament proposal Reform Creative Commons Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:42:14 +0000 Tom Hirche 2373 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Parliament's largest group to fully endorse Commission's proposal for a link tax http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-07-09/parliaments-largest-group-to-fully-endorse-commissions-proposal-for-a-link-tax <p> The European Commission's proposal for an ancillary copyright for press publishers has received a tremendous amount of criticism from many MEPs of all groups of the European Parliament. But now the largest group, the European People's Party (EPP), has adopted a joint position that fully supports the Commission's line while ignoring the European people's voices and all academic advice. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-09/parliaments-largest-group-to-fully-endorse-commissions-proposal-for-a-link-tax" title="Den Rest von Parliament&#039;s largest group to fully endorse Commission&#039;s proposal for a link tax lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Axel Voss EPP European Commission European Parliament proposal Reform statement Creative Commons Sun, 09 Jul 2017 15:47:54 +0000 Tom Hirche 2372 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Google's design changes might soon end all lawsuits http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-07-03/googles-design-changes-might-soon-end-all-lawsuits <p> German courts have to deal with a variety of lawsuits that involve the German ancillary copyright for press publishers. But Google's design changes might bringt a sudden end. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-03/googles-design-changes-might-soon-end-all-lawsuits" title="Den Rest von Google&#039;s design changes might soon end all lawsuits lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Google Google News Snippet Creative Commons Mon, 03 Jul 2017 21:18:38 +0000 Tom Hirche 2371 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Cheap trick shall make us think the Spanish link tax works http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-07-03/cheap-trick-shall-make-us-think-the-spanish-link-tax-works <p> The Spanish link tax is indeed no success story. All it &quot;achieved&quot; so far is the permanent shutdown of Google News Spain which led to a large drop in publishers' site views while not accumulating a single euro. Although this situation will change with the just closed deal, it first and foremost tries to shamelessly fool us into thinking that the link tax is actually working. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-03/cheap-trick-shall-make-us-think-the-spanish-link-tax-works" title="Den Rest von Cheap trick shall make us think the Spanish link tax works lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Axel Springer CEDRO Upday collecting society Spain tariff Creative Commons Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:54:52 +0000 Tom Hirche 2370 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Ansip only believes in surveys that confirm his view http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-07-02/ansip-only-believes-in-surveys-that-confirm-his-view <p> The European Commission regularly makes use of surveys to gather a wide array of opinions from various stakeholders. But when the result does not meet the preconceived view, its relevance will simply be denied, as it seems. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-02/ansip-only-believes-in-surveys-that-confirm-his-view" title="Den Rest von Ansip only believes in surveys that confirm his view lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Andrus Ansip BEUC European Commission Nessa Childers copyright European Union public consultation publisher Reform survey Creative Commons Sun, 02 Jul 2017 17:30:24 +0000 Tom Hirche 2369 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Rogue members try to hijack LIBE Committee http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-06-14/rogue-members-try-to-hijack-libe-committee <p> Almost a month ago, in mid May 2017, the <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&amp;reference=PE-604.830&amp;format=PDF&amp;language=EN&amp;secondRef=01">draft opinion of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)</a> on the EU-Commission's proposal for a <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2016/EN/1-2016-593-EN-F1-1.PDF">new copyright directive</a> has officially been published. As things just turned out, some hardliners suddenly want to amend it so that it will be strongly in favour of an ancillary copyright for press publishers. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-06-14/rogue-members-try-to-hijack-libe-committee" title="Den Rest von Rogue members try to hijack LIBE Committee lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Axel Voss Gérard Deprez Jean-Marie Cavada LIBE Louis Michel Michał Boni Committee opinion copyright draft opinion European Parliament Reform Creative Commons Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:29:19 +0000 Tom Hirche 2368 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info IMCO supports link tax – several MEPs did not attend the vote http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-06-08/imco-supports-link-tax-several-meps-did-not-attend-the-vote <p> This morning, the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) voted on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive (<a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2016/0280(COD)&amp;l=en">2016/0280(COD)</a>) as the first of five committees. The outcome is of great significance to the other votes that are yet to come. Unfortunately, the ancillary copyright for press publishers is still very much alive. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-06-08/imco-supports-link-tax-several-meps-did-not-attend-the-vote" title="Den Rest von IMCO supports link tax – several MEPs did not attend the vote lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> European Parliament IMCO directive draft opinion proposal vote Creative Commons Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:06:15 +0000 Tom Hirche 2367 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info New paper discusses publisher's right – "unnecessary and dangerous" http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-06-01/new-paper-discusses-publishers-right-unnecessary-and-dangerous <p> With the support of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (<a href="https://www.ccianet.org/">CCIA</a>), the&nbsp;European Policy Centre (<a href="http://www.epc.eu/">EPC</a>) has published a new <a href="http://www.epc.eu/documents/uploads/pub_7712_rewardingqualityjournalismordistortingthedsm.pdf">discussion paper</a> titled &quot;Rewarding quality journalism or distorting the Digital Single Market? The case for and against neighbouring rights for press publishers&quot;. It is divided into an economy analysis (part I) and a legal analysis (part II). <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-06-01/new-paper-discusses-publishers-right-unnecessary-and-dangerous" title="Den Rest von New paper discusses publisher&#039;s right – &quot;unnecessary and dangerous&quot; lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> CCIA copyright paper Reform Creative Commons Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:25:12 +0000 Tom Hirche 2366 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info The "Alternative Compromise" could hardly be worse http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-05-31/the-alternative-compromise-could-hardly-be-worse <p> In her just published&nbsp;<a href="https://juliareda.eu/2017/05/alternative-compromise/">blog post</a>, MEP Julia Reda (Greens/EFA) draws attention to the alarming developments within the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (<a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/imco/home.html">IMCO</a>) Committee. Instead of joining the committee's internal negotiations, Belgian MEP Pascal Arimont (EPP) is currently gathering support for his own &quot;<a href="https://juliareda.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/arimont-alternative-compromises.pdf">Alternative Compromise Amendment on Publisher’s Right</a>&quot; which is the worst we have seen so far in this debate. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-05-31/the-alternative-compromise-could-hardly-be-worse" title="Den Rest von The &quot;Alternative Compromise&quot; could hardly be worse lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> European Parliament IMCO Pascal Arimont copyright Europe Reform Creative Commons Wed, 31 May 2017 18:20:22 +0000 Tom Hirche 2365 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Welcome Copybuzz! http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-05-10/welcome-copybuzz <p> If you feel confused and/or want to know what is going on with copyright these and the coming days, there is a new website just for you: <a href="http://copybuzz.com/">CopyBuzz</a>!&nbsp;It was launched at this year's <a href="https://re-publica.com/en/17/session/copybuzz-how-copyright-breaking-internet">re:publica</a> and is supported by the <a href="http://copyright4creativity.eu/">Copyright for Creativity</a> (C4C), the&nbsp;coalition that seeks an informed debate on how copyright can more effectively promote innovation, access, and creativity. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-05-10/welcome-copybuzz" title="Den Rest von Welcome Copybuzz! lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> C4C copyright launch website Creative Commons Wed, 10 May 2017 08:03:10 +0000 Tom Hirche 2364 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info EuGH wird über deutsches Leistungsschutzrecht entscheiden http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-05-10/eugh-wird-ber-deutsches-leistungsschutzrecht-entscheiden <p> Die rechtliche Auseinandersetzung zwischen Google und der VG Media wird um ein neues Kapitel ergänzt, bevor das aktuelle abgeschlossen wird. Zunächst wird der Europäische Gerichtshof (EuGH) entscheiden müssen, ob das deutsche Leistungsschutzrecht überhaupt anwendbar ist. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-05-10/eugh-wird-ber-deutsches-leistungsschutzrecht-entscheiden" title="Den Rest von EuGH wird über deutsches Leistungsschutzrecht entscheiden lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Google Landgericht Berlin VG Wort Gesetz Notifizierung Snippets Creative Commons Wed, 10 May 2017 03:09:23 +0000 Tom Hirche 2360 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Streitgespräch auf der re:publica http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-05-09/streitgespr-ch-auf-der-re-publica <p> Am heutigen Dienstag diskutieren auf der Bühne 5 der re:publica Dr. Till Kreutzer und Prof. Dr. Thomas Höppner über das Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger. Ohne Moderation wird es dabei zu einem offenen Schlagabtausch der Argumente kommen – wobei für uns jetzt schon feststeht, wer überzeugender sein wird. Dennoch sind wir gespannt, was Professor Höppner, einer der (sehr wenigen) Befürworter eines solchen Leistungsschutzrechtes, vortragen wird. Schaut es euch am besten live an!</p> Dr. Till Kreutzer Prof. Dr. Thomas Höppner Diskussion Veranstaltung Creative Commons Tue, 09 May 2017 13:49:46 +0000 Tom Hirche 2359 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Breiter Widerstand im Europäischen Parlament gegen Presse-Leistungsschutzrecht http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-04-18/breiter-widerstand-im-europ-ischen-parlament-gegen-presse-leistungsschutzrecht <p> Die Reform des europäischen Urheberrechts ist in vollem Gang und erreicht allmählich seine heiße Phase. Was das noch vom ehemaligen Digitalkommissar Günther Oettinger (CDU) vorgeschlagene Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger angeht, zeigt sich ein breiter Widerstand über Fraktionsgrenzen hinweg. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-04-18/breiter-widerstand-im-europ-ischen-parlament-gegen-presse-leistungsschutzrecht" title="Den Rest von Breiter Widerstand im Europäischen Parlament gegen Presse-Leistungsschutzrecht lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Europäisches Parlament Europa Reform Urheberrecht Creative Commons Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:43:45 +0000 Tom Hirche 2357 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Evaluation nur eine Farce http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-04-07/evaluation-nur-eine-farce <p> Vor über drei Jahren hat sich die aktuelle Bundesregierung in ihren <a href="http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2013-11-28/leistungsschutzrecht-im-koalitionsvertrag-erw-hnt">Koalitionsvertrag geschrieben</a>, das Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger zu evaluieren. Vergangenen Oktober kam <a href="http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2016-10-28/und-sie-evaluiert-doch">durch eine Kleine Anfrage</a> der Bundestagsfraktion Bündnis 90/DIE GRÜNEN ans Licht, dass der Evaluierungsprozess endlich eingeleitet wurde. Mit einer <a href="http://tabea-roessner.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/KlAnf-Gr%C3%BCne-LSR-18_11551-RS-und-Antwort.pdf">weiteren Kleinen Anfrage</a> hat man sich nun nach dem aktuellen Stand erkundet – und wird beim Lesen der Antwort nur enttäuscht. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-04-07/evaluation-nur-eine-farce" title="Den Rest von Evaluation nur eine Farce lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Bundesregierung Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Europa Evaluation Reform Urheberrecht Creative Commons Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:59:40 +0000 Tom Hirche 2356 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Opposition against link tax gets big ally from Spain http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-03-24/opposition-against-link-tax-gets-big-ally-from-spain <p> Again and again the big (mainly German) publishing houses claim that an ancillary copyright for press publishers will do great good to their industry as a whole. They repeat their mantra despite the fact that several publishers are explicitly rejecting the introducing of such a right since this idea emerged in Germany a few years ago. Now, at a time when the European Parliament <a href="http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-03-20/official-version-comodini-report-published">prepares to stop the Commission's plans</a>, a <a href="http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/24/inenglish/1490355715_551697.html?">major Spanish publisher joins</a> those &quot;rebels&quot;. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-03-24/opposition-against-link-tax-gets-big-ally-from-spain" title="Den Rest von Opposition against link tax gets big ally from Spain lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> El País European Commission newspaper proposal Reform Creative Commons Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:44:52 +0000 Tom Hirche 2362 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info "Urheberrecht geht alle an" – IGEL im Radio http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-03-22/urheberrecht-geht-alle-an-igel-im-radio <p> Im Rahmen der Sendereihe &quot;Radio Dispositiv&quot; hat sich Herbert Gnauer mit I<span style="font-size: 12.0012px; letter-spacing: 0.120012px;">GEL-Gründer Dr. Till Kreutzer </span><span style="font-size: 12.0012px; letter-spacing: 0.01em;">ausführlich über das Urheberrecht in der digitalen Welt und die Reformpläne der Europäischen Kommission unterhalten. Die Folge </span><span style="font-size: 12.0012px; letter-spacing: 0.01em;">kann man sich <a href="https://cba.fro.at/336771">hier</a> kostenlos anhören und bei Bedarf auch herunterladen.</span> <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-03-22/urheberrecht-geht-alle-an-igel-im-radio" title="Den Rest von &quot;Urheberrecht geht alle an&quot; – IGEL im Radio lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Herbert Gnauer Till Kreutzer Europäische Kommission Europäische Union Interview Radio Reform Urheberrecht Creative Commons Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:41:33 +0000 Tom Hirche 2353 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Official version of Comodini report published http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-03-20/official-version-of-comodini-report-published <p> Last Friday, the <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bCOMPARL%2bPE-601.094%2b01%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN">official version</a> of MEP Therese Comodini Cachia's (EPP, Malta) draft of her report on the Commission's proposal for a directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM) was published. Comodini is the elected rapporteur of the leading committee for legal affairs (JURI). Although some minor changes have already been made compared to the version that was <a href="http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-03-08/legal-affairs-committee-also-demands-abolish-ancillary-copyright">leaked a few days ago</a>, the most important points have all been kept.&nbsp;The deadline for tabling amendments is March 30th. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-03-20/official-version-of-comodini-report-published" title="Den Rest von Official version of Comodini report published lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Therese Comodini Cachia dsm directive European Parliament JURI Legal presumption report Creative Commons Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:06:41 +0000 Tom Hirche 2355 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Stop the censorship machine! http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-03-13/stop-the-censorship-machine <p> Besides the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers a.k.a. the link tax, the European Commission also wants internet platforms to apply automated upload filtering technologies to all of their user's content. Together with 27 other civil society organisations, we have signed an <a href="https://stopthecensorshipmachine.net/">open letter</a> addressed to the European Institutions and urge them to delete this proposal. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-03-13/stop-the-censorship-machine" title="Den Rest von Stop the censorship machine! lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> EDRi copyright EU EU Commission open letter proposal Provider upload filter Creative Commons Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:38:01 +0000 Tom Hirche 2352 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info Legal Affairs committee also demands to abolish ancillary copyright http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-03-08/legal-affairs-committee-also-demands-to-abolish-ancillary-copyright <p><body>file://localhost/private/var/folders/lm/5lzzjc8w8xj99q0059bpygwh0000gp/T/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0clip_image002.png</body></p> European Parliament JURI Therese Comodini Cachia dsm directive enforcement Creative Commons Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:02:37 +0000 Till Kreutzer 2351 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info 400 pages of new insights http://leistungsschutzrecht.info/news/2017-02-24/400-pages-of-new-insights <p> Months ago, Matthias Schindler from the office of MEP <a href="https://juliareda.eu/de/">Julia Reda</a> (Greens/EFA) has <a href="https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/2015_and_2016_documents_on_the_a">submitted </a>a freedom of information request to the European Commission and just a few days ago he finally received&nbsp;<a href="https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/2015_and_2016_documents_on_the_a#incoming-12549">400 pages</a> (!) of secrets surrounding the proposed European ancillary copyright for press publishers/the publisher's right. POLITICO's <a href="http://www.politico.eu/pro/8-things-hidden-in-400-pages-of-copyright-secrets/?utm_source=POLITICO.EU&amp;utm_campaign=b1ad1285c1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_20&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_10959edeb5-b1ad1285c1-189777317">Chris Spillane has identified</a> numerous &quot;things you need to know&quot;. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-02-24/400-pages-of-new-insights" title="Den Rest von 400 pages of new insights lesen.">Weiter</a></span></p> Chris Spillane Julia Reda POLITICO copyright Europe European Commission Reform Creative Commons Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:48:39 +0000 Tom Hirche 2350 at http://leistungsschutzrecht.info