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"Urheberrecht geht alle an" – IGEL im Radio   Am 22. März 2017 - 16:41 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Im Rahmen der Sendereihe "Radio Dispositiv" hat sich Herbert Gnauer mit IGEL-Gründer Dr. Till Kreutzer ausführlich über das Urheberrecht in der digitalen Welt und die Reformpläne der Europäischen Kommission unterhalten. Die Folge kann man sich hier kostenlos anhören und bei Bedarf auch herunterladen. Weiter

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Official version of Comodini report published   Am 20. März 2017 - 19:06 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Last Friday, the official version 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 leaked a few days ago, the most important points have all been kept. The deadline for tabling amendments is March 30th.

Fortunately, Comodini still wants to delete the proposed new ancillary copyright for press publishers completely (see amendment 52 and the following). Instead:

Member States shall provide publishers of press publications with a presumption of representation of authors of literary works contained in those publications and the legal capacity to sue in their own name when defending the rights of such authors for the digital use of their press publications.

This simple "trick" – which had been introduced by IGEL's Dr. Till Kreutzer before – will effectively tackle the publishers' enforcement problems while it dispenses the need for an ancillary copyright at the same time. The wording of the report's justification has been shortened and slightly changed to a lean statement (emphasis added):

It is important that the challenges press publishers face in enforcing the derivative rights upon which they depend to protect the investment made in their publication are addressed in a manner that strengthens the position of press publishers, but does not disrupt other industries. Press publishers are thus given the right to bring proceedings in their own name before tribunals against infringers of the rights held by the authors of the works contained in their press publication and to be presumed to have representation over the works contributed to the press publication.

Günther Oettinger's ancillary copyright seems to die a slow but steady death thanks to representatives that not only care about the industries' but also the civil society's interests.

Stop the censorship machine!   Am 13. März 2017 - 18:38 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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 open letter addressed to the European Institutions and urge them to delete this proposal.

If the upload filtering system detects material that it assumes to be infringing on other's copyrights, it will block the upload. But it is not able to understand exceptions to copyright like parody or quotation. For this reason, an automated upload filtering technology will do great harm to free speech and thus to democracy. Copyright owners will be given an immense power that can easily be abused to censor certain content. Once again the Commission has only listened to the rightholders and has ignored other voices completely. It is high time to stop the introduction of this censorship machine!

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Legal Affairs committee also demands to abolish ancillary copyright   Am 8. März 2017 - 21:02 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

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400 pages of new insights   Am 24. Februar 2017 - 19:48 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Months ago, Matthias Schindler from the office of MEP Julia Reda (Greens/EFA) has submitted a freedom of information request to the European Commission and just a few days ago he finally received 400 pages (!) of secrets surrounding the proposed European ancillary copyright for press publishers/the publisher's right. POLITICO's Chris Spillane has identified numerous "things you need to know".

One for example is that the "press publishing industry had won over the Commission" months before the Commission's impact assessment was leaked in August 2016 thus making the plan of introducing a new neighboring right public. The Commission's summary of a meeting on 8th April 2016 says that the "proposal could also include the granting to publishers (notably in the press sector) of a new neighboring right at EU level."

Although much of the exchange between European Commission officials and lobbyists had been greyed out before it was handed to Reda's office, it is still worth the read as it provides an interesting insight into what happens behind the scenes.

European Parliament committee demands to abolish ancillary copyright   Am 24. Februar 2017 - 14:09 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

Today the draft opinion of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) was published. Here, rapporteur Catherine Stihler (S&D Group) claims a number of sensible and important amendments to the disappointing Commission’s draft DSM directive. Most notably she demands to ditch the ancillary copyright for press publishers (ac) once and for all. Weiter

Leading European copyright scholars fundamentally criticise the ancillary copyright   Am 23. Februar 2017 - 18:32 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

As of today, a broad coalition of European copyright scholars wrote an open letter to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. It openly opposes Art. 11 (ancillary copyright) and 13 (mandatory content filtering). The letter’s first signatories consist of a number of the leading academic experts on copyright. They represent some of the most respected research centres in Europe that deal with copyright research from legal, economical and other perspectives. Weiter

French MEP pushes for an ancillary copyright on snippets   Am 9. Februar 2017 - 20:59 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

Today, the Committee for Culture and Education (CULT) in the European Parliament issued a draft opinion on the DSM directive proposal. Here, the rapporteur, French MEP Marc Joulaud (conservatives, EPP), proposes bluntly the protection (i.e. monopolisation) of even the smallest parts of press publications. He tries to disguise his proposal, however, as a step towards the user’s interests. Weiter

New tariff will kill Spanish aggregators   Am 9. Februar 2017 - 9:37 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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Within the last couple of months, it has been very quiet about the Spanish link tax which aims to charge content aggregators a fee if they publish snippets of a news article. As a consequence, after this law was passed, Google News Spain, the main target of this measure, was shut down in 2014. But now the Spanish Reproduction Rights Centre (CEDRO) has initiated a new round of negotiations with several affected online services. The figures they ask for are shocking. Weiter

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German District Court considers ancillary copyright null and void   Am 8. Februar 2017 - 13:50 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

In an oral hearing at the district court of Berlin on Tuesday, the presiding judge held that the German ancillary copyright (ac) had to be notified by the German Government. If the court clings to this assessment the German ac could be declared ineffective, null and void. Weiter

Landgericht Berlin hält das LSR für unwirksam   Am 7. Februar 2017 - 18:28 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

Die heutige mündliche Verhandlung vor dem Landgericht in Sachen VG Media gegen Google begann mit einem Paukenschlag: Nach dem vorsitzenden Richter Scholz neigt die Kammer zu der Annahme, dass die Bundesregierung das deutsche LSR bei der EU hätte notifizieren müssen. Träfe das zu, wäre das LSR unwirksam und alle Verfahren würden ins Leere laufen. Weiter

"Grossly disproportionate" – New study on publisher's right   Am 17. Januar 2017 - 12:14 Uhr von Tom Hirche

OpenForum Europe (OFE) has commissioned Dr. Mireille van Eechoud, who is Professor of Information Law at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Law, to conduct a study on the ancillary copyright for publishers as proposed by the European Commission. It is very carefully written and pays special attention to the freedom of expression, the special effects on authors and open data/science. Weiter

Snippets not only may but will be illegal   Am 16. Januar 2017 - 8:19 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Last week, the European People's Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament held an event labelled "Hearing on Copyright". One of the speakers was Giuseppe Abbamonte, the Commission's director of media policy at the DG CONNECT, who said that we might all act illegally when we share articles, as reported by Chris Spillane from POLITICO. Weiter

Ansip übernimmt Oettingers Aufgaben   Am 23. Dezember 2016 - 5:03 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Ende Oktober 2016 wurde bekannt, dass EU-Kommissar Günther Oettinger neuer EU-Haushaltskommissar werden soll. Offen blieb die Frage, wer dann das Ressort für digitale Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft führen wird. Darauf gibt es jetzt eine Antwort. Weiter

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British top scholars against European ancillary copyright for press publishers   Am 17. Dezember 2016 - 12:38 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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A group of 37 professors and scholars of Intellectual Property, Information Law and Digital Economy have sent a joint letter to the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) presenting their view on the ancillary copyright for press publishers as proposed by the EU Commission. They advise the UK Government to oppose this proposal for various reasons. Weiter

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Berlin state government against ancillary copyright for press publishers   Am 13. Dezember 2016 - 14:03 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The three regional party associations of SPD, Die Linken and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, who will build the new government of the state of Berlin, have signed the coalition agreement for the next legislative period (2016-2021). Among many other things, the ancillary copyright for press publishers gets a mention. Weiter

CEIPI's opinion on a European ancillary copyright for press publishers   Am 13. Dezember 2016 - 10:42 Uhr von Tom Hirche

On November 28, the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg has published its opinion on the European Commission's copyright reform proposal which was introduced on September 14, 2016. The opinion was written by Professor Christophe Geiger, Oleksandr Bulayenko and Giancarlo Frosio who solely focused on the proposed introduction of neighbouring rights for press publishers in EU law. In their view, the negative effects of the proposal prevail. Weiter

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Our statement on the Commission's proposal regarding a European ancillary copyright for press publishers   Am 6. Dezember 2016 - 15:36 Uhr von Tom Hirche

On the 20th September 2016 the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection called on all stakeholders involved to provide their opinion on the EU Commission's proposal for a directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM-directive). A few weeks later we submitted our statement which also functions as a condensed overview on all critical aspects regarding a European ancillary copyright for press publishers. Unfortunately, at that time it had only been available in German. But now you can either download an English version (PDF) or read the full text here: Weiter

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Bundesverfassungsgericht nimmt Klage gegen Leistungsschutzrecht nicht an   Am 24. November 2016 - 11:44 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Seit dem 1. August 2013 gilt das Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger in Deutschland. Exakt ein Jahr darauf hatte Yahoo Verfassungsbeschwerde gegen das Gesetz beim Bundesverfassungsgericht in Karlsruhe eingelegt. Gestern hat das Gericht einen Beschluss vom 10. Oktober veröffentlicht, wonach die Beschwerde nicht zur Entscheidung angenommen wird. Trotzdem hat der Beschluss auch sein Gutes. Weiter

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How to solve the only specific problem of press publishers with copyright without an ancillary copyright   Am 23. November 2016 - 18:10 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

The only argument of the press publishers in their quest for an own ancillary right that seems reasonable to a certain degree is their call for facilitated enforcement. They bemoan that it is difficult to enforce rights against mass online piracy. If this is a factual problem it can be solved easily without even touching the matter of an ancillary copyright. Weiter

Berliner Landesregierung gegen Leistungsschutzrecht   Am 18. November 2016 - 15:46 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Unter dem Titel "Berlin gemeinsam gestalten. Solidarisch. Nachhaltig. Weltoffen." haben die Berliner Landesverbände von SPD, Die Linken und Bündnis 90/Die Grünen für die Legislaturperiode 2016-2012 eine Koalititonsvereinbarung getroffen. Darin findet auch das Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger eine Erwähnung. Weiter

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Und sie evaluiert doch!   Am 28. Oktober 2016 - 6:30 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Aus einer Kleinen Anfrage der Bundestagsfraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen geht hervor, dass die Bundesregierung, genauer das Bundesministerium für Justiz und Verbraucherschutz, das deutsche Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger inzwischen evaluiert. Weiter

IGEL nimmt Stellung zum LSR-Entwurf der EU-Kommission   Am 25. Oktober 2016 - 18:11 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

Am 20.09.2016 hat das Bundesministerium für Justiz und Verbraucherschutz (BMJV) relevante Akteure aufgefordert, Stellungnahme zum (unter anderem) Entwurf der Kommission für die DSM-Richtlinie abzugeben. Die Frist läuft am 28.10. ab. Wir haben heute unsere Eingabe abgeschickt. Sie lautet wie folgt (siehe auch das PDF):

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Europaabgeordnete warnen vor Leistungsschutzrecht   Am 25. Oktober 2016 - 14:51 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Mehrere Abgeordnete des EU-Parlaments setzen sich dafür ein, dass auch in Zukunft Informationen frei geteilt werden können. Im Rahmen der Initiative "Save the Link" warnen sie in einer Videobotschaft ausdrücklich vor den Gefahren, die ein europäisches Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger mit sich bringen würde. Weiter

Conservative and innovative press are deeply divided   Am 25. Oktober 2016 - 13:10 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The ancillary copyright for press publishers is more and more often covered by German media recently. However, the choice of words differs tremendously: While conservative media worship the Holy Günther as their patron saint, the innovators identify the major risks deriving from his proposal and discuss them. Weiter

Ein tiefer Graben in der Presselandschaft   Am 20. Oktober 2016 - 15:46 Uhr von Tom Hirche

In letzter Zeit wird immer häufiger über das Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger berichtet. Dabei ist ein deutlicher Unterschied in der Stoßrichtung zu erkennen: Während die konservativen Medien dem Heiligen Günther, ihrem Schutzpatron, huldigen, erkennen die Innovatoren die großen Gefahren seines Gesetzvorschlags. Weiter

Achtung, Achtung! Oettinger ist nicht parteiisch!   Am 20. Oktober 2016 - 11:03 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Er gibt nicht auf. EU-Digitalkommissar Günther Oettinger hat sich 20 Journalisten nach Brüssel eingeladen, um ihnen seine Pläne für ein modernes Urheberrecht zu präsentieren. Einer der Schwerpunkte war dabei (s)ein europäisches Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger. Hier glänzte er wieder mit Aussagen, die einen nur fassungslos zurücklassen. Einen Mitschnitt seiner Aussagen in Text und Ton stellt das ZAPP-Medienmagazin des NDR bereit. Weiter

Junge Union fordert Abschaffung des Leistungsschutzrechts   Am 17. Oktober 2016 - 3:23 Uhr von Tom Hirche

In Paderborn veranstaltete die Junge Union, Jugendorganisation der CDU, am vergangenen Wochenende ihren jährlich stattfindenden Deutschlandtag. Vergleichbar mit dem Parteitag der Mutterpartei wurde über zahlreiche Anträge entschieden. Einer davon: "Antrag Nr. 146 – Kein Leistungsschutzrecht für Deutschland und Europa". Weiter

Canadian publishers demand link tax   Am 14. Oktober 2016 - 18:30 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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Canada is infected. It took some time but now it is there. The very persistent thought that already overran Germany and Spain and is currently trying to subdue the European Union. Its name: Ancillary copyright for press publishers – or just the link tax. Weiter

Debate in the Press Club Brussels: A tale about the lies of the publisher associations and the ignorance of the EU commission   Am 11. Oktober 2016 - 17:16 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

Yesterday, I was invited to speak at a public debate in the Press Club in Brussels. Main topic was the Commission’s proposal on the ancillary copyright. What I heard was a bunch of lies and a good measure of ignorance. Weiter