EP Working Group should respect the full range of views Am 26. März 2015 - 10:27 Uhr von Tom Hirche
Last week, several signatories sent an open letter to the coordinator of the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Reform at the European Parliament Jean-Marie Cavada. It calls for an inclusion of the civil society in the process to ensure a balanced representation of views.
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. Weiter
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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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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Last-minute amendment to Reda report! Am 8. Juli 2015 - 22:00 Uhr von Tom Hirche
The ancillary copyright for press publishers might find its way into Julia Reda's report for a progressive copyright reform. A corresponding amendment was tabled in the last minute.
The amendment comes from MEP Angelika Niebler (EPP) whose attempt is backed by over 80 other members of the EPP, although the political groups had agreed not to table any additional proposals. By doing so, the proponents of such a right have renewed their attempt to insert text calling for the introduction of an EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers into the report after the first one (also tabled by Niebler) was rejected by the legal affairs committee of the European Parliament. Furthermore, Niebler’s own group approved a compromise amendment of all political groups criticising the ancillary copyright especially the Spanish Canon AEDE.
The amendment reads as follows:
57a. Calls on the Commission to evaluate and come forward with a proposal on how quality journalism can be preserved, even in the digital age, in order to guarantee media pluralism, in particular taking into account the important role journalists, authors and media providers such as press publishers play with regard thereto;
Although the text does not explicitly talk about an ancillary copyright for press publishers, its intention is obvious. "Niebler has engineered the wording such that [Digital Commissioner Günther] Oettinger could likely interpret this as the Parliament’s blessing for making a “snippet tax” part of his reform proposal", Reda writes on her site.
Tomorrow, the plenary of the Parliament will vote on the report. For now we can only call on the common sense of the MEPs to reject this amendment.
No lobby may gain enough power over politics to push through an obviously useless and counterproductive law. This vote is a chance for Members of the European Parliament to show that publishing houses do not have the same degree of power over us that they apparently do over German and Spanish lawmakers. Beyond laying to rest the idea of a EU-wide ancillary copyright law, it would also bolster the numerous experts who are calling for the abolishment of these laws in Germany and Spain. And finally, it could win back some of the people’s trust in the independence of this institution.
EP Working Group should respect the full range of views Am 26. März 2015 - 12:26 Uhr von Tom Hirche
Last week, several signatories sent an open letter to the coordinator of the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Reform at the European Parliament Jean-Marie Cavada. It calls for an inclusion of the civil society in the process to ensure a balanced representation of views. Weiter