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Oettinger seems confident  Am 5. Mai 2015 - 12:33 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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Last week, Markus Keßler from Futurezone.at interviewed EU-Commissioner Günther Oettinger. Besides geoblocking, net neutrality and data preservation, the ancillary copyright for press publishers was also a topic on the list.

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Opposition against link tax gets big ally from Spain   Am 24. März 2017 - 19:44 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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 prepares to stop the Commission's plans, a major Spanish publisher joins those "rebels".

El País, the largest and internationally most renowned Spanish newspaper, has published an op-ed commenting on the Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive. While certain aspects "deserve to be evaluated", the text voices some very serious criticism when it comes to the ancillary copyright for press publishers a.k.a. the link tax:

But anybody who thinks that those rights can be turned into a fortress from which to impose obligatory and inalienable fees is mistaken. This is a model that has been shown to fail in Germany, in 2013, and in Spain in 2014. 

We highly welcome this clear statement and hope for more publishers to follow this example. Our representatives in the European Parliament need to understand that this right is pushed by only a handful of publishers who ignore all warnings and predictions from experts across Europe.

As Spain is one of the two countries that already passed legislation directly attacking the right to link, El País has witnessed the consequences first hand and thus gained its very own experiences especially after Google News Spain was shut down as a result. "Past experience and present reality" lead them to the conclusion "that a way forward based on cooperation between the media and technology companies is required, rather than through confrontation."

El País belongs to the Spanish media conglomerate PRISA whose CEO Juan Luis Cebrián had criticized the Spanish law in the past, saying that "there is a formidable consensus that no-one likes the law” and “as long as I am president of PRISA, no part of the media group will collect the [ancillary copyright] fee".

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". Weiter

2819 people raised their voices! #FixCopyright   Am 19. Juni 2016 - 8:06 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Last Wednesday, the European Commission's consultation "on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain and on the 'panorama exception'" came to an end. And so has the #FixCopyright campaign by Copyright for Creativity (C4C). An incredible number of 2819 people have used the answering tool. All the answers have already been transfered to the Commission.

The message is clear: A strict "No!" to an ancillary copyright/neighbouring right for (press) publishers as well as a overwhelming "Yes!" to freedom of panorama. Take a look at the numbers here

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all participants who have raised their voices.

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La Quadrature du Net wants less neighbouring rights   Am 3. Juni 2016 - 13:50 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The NGO La Quadrature du Net that promotes digital rights and freedoms of citizens has positioned itself clearly against a new "publisher's right" the EU Commission is suggesting in its still ongoing consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain and on the 'panorama exception'. Weiter

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#FixCopyright at re:publica   Am 26. April 2016 - 22:54 Uhr von Tom Hirche

In less than one week, the annual re:publica will open its gates again. Among the approximately 850 speakers will be Caroline de Cock. She is a Coordinator at Copyright for Creativity (C4C) will kick off the new #FixCopyright campaign! Weiter

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Open letter to EU Commission   Am 8. April 2016 - 14:26 Uhr von Tom Hirche

As a partner of a great coalition we have signed an open letter to members of the European Commission responsible for the digital single market. We demand "an ambitious reform that is fit for purpose in the digital environment and that upholds and strengthens fundamental principles such as the limitation of intermediaries’ liability, rights of citizens to freedom of communication and access to knowledge." Weiter

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MEPs sign Open Letter to Commission   Am 18. Dezember 2015 - 12:11 Uhr von Tom Hirche

A cross-party coalition formed by over 80 MEPs has written an Open Letter to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, to European Commissioner for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip as well as to European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger. They are "deeply concerned about the Commission's Communication 'Towards a modern, more European copyright framework'". Weiter

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Go to YouCan.FixCopyright.eu!   Am 7. Dezember 2015 - 9:38 Uhr von Tom Hirche

In late September, the EU Commission has initiated its public consultation on online platforms. To encourage everybody to speak his/her mind, there now is (another) online tool that facilitates the process of submitting your opinion to the Commission. Weiter

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No link tax, says Ansip   Am 23. November 2015 - 14:44 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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David Meyer from POLITICO reports that the EU Commission does not plan on creating new legislation giving press publishers the right to claim licensing fees from news aggregators. Weiter

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Martin Schulz vs. Parliament   Am 6. November 2015 - 14:35 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Martin Schulz (PES), President of the European Parliament and a trained bookseller, gave a Keynote at the Publishers' Summit this Monday in Berlin. It soon became clear that he disagrees with the majority of the Parliament in the matter of an ancillary copyright for press publishers. Weiter

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Oettinger seems confident   Am 5. Mai 2015 - 14:32 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Last week, Markus Keßler from Futurezone.at interviewed EU-Commissioner Günther Oettinger. Besides geoblocking, net neutrality and data preservation, the ancillary copyright for press publishers was also a topic on the list. Weiter

IGEL supports European publishers by opposing the ancillary copyright for press publishers   Am 11. Dezember 2014 - 16:17 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

As of today, associations of Polish, French, Spanish and Italian publishers dispatched an open letter to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. In the letter, the publishers express their “concerns with the recent developments in Spanish law, which directly target the sharing, linking and aggregation of content online with a new form of ‘ancillary right' triggering mandatory payments. IGEL, the Initiative against an ancillary copyright law for press publishers, supported that letter and acted as a signatory. Weiter