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Oettinger seems confident  Am 5. Mai 2015 - 11:33 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 05.05.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

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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Oettinger wants EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers  Am 31. März 2015 - 19:15 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 31.03.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, had a talk with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) about his approach on reforming European copyright. Among numerous other things, Oettinger also commented on an ancillary copyright for press publishers in the EU.

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Julia Reda publishes draft report for new EU copyright  Am 20. Januar 2015 - 18:28 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 20.01.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

Julia Reda, MEP for the German Pirate Party and Vice President of the Greens/EFA group, has released its draft report evaluating 2001's EU copyright directive (InfoSoc). She is a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the EU Parliament and was elected rapporteur on this particular issue in May.

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European Copyright Society calls for unified European Copyright Law  Am 8. Januar 2015 - 11:39 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 08.01.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

In a now published letter to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, the European Copyright Society (ECS) calls for a sweeping reform of copyright.

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LIBE Committee remains silent on link tax   Am 21. November 2017 - 0:00 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has finally voted on its opinion on the Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive. While problematic provisions for mandatory content filtering have been tackled, the Committee did not take any stand when it came to the ancillary copyright for press publishers aka the link tax.

However, this is not necessarily a bad thing given that some hardliners tried to hijack the Committee by suddenly tabling amendments that were strongly in favour of the link tax. The LIBE Committee is responsible for citizen's human rights and particularly deals with data protection. Therefore, it had been agreed on in the past to solely focus on topics that fall into the Committee's sphere––which the link tax obviously does not. But MEPs like Axel Voss (EPP, Germany), Gérard Deprez (ALDE, Belgium) or Louis Michel (ALDE, Belgium) simply ignored this agreement and prepared a total of 12 amendments that would turn the already terrible proposal for a link tax into an even darker nightmare from an internet user's perspective.

Fortunately, some MEPs had come to reason before the vote started and withdrew their rogue amendments. In the case of the MEPs who did not follow this lead, their amendments have either not been voted on or were rejected by the majority. So in the end, the compromise amendments as prepared by rapporteur MEP Michał Boni plus two additional amendments all dealing with content filtering were adopted 36:5 (3 abstentions).

We are pleased to see that the Committee has focused on what its competencies are, although it "should have stepped up to truly protect free expression and deleted the flawed Article entirely", as OpenMedia’s Digital Rights Specialist Ruth Coustick-Deal said in reaction to today's vote.

Ansip only believes in surveys that confirm his view   Am 2. Juli 2017 - 18:30 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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. 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 - 16:16 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

Oettinger: Put your online editors to silence!   Am 28. September 2016 - 18:27 Uhr von Tom Hirche

EU-Commissioner Günther Oettinger gave a speech last Monday at the annual meeting of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV). There he explicitly called on the publishing houses to create more buzz in favor of his proposed ancillary copyright for press publishers/neighbouring right/link tax meaning he wants them to shush down their online magazines. Weiter

More and more champagne for the rightsholders!   Am 14. September 2016 - 20:40 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Commission launches public consultation   Am 24. März 2016 - 1:25 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the European Commission has launched its public consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain and on the 'panorama exception'. Everybody is welcomed to take the online survey. Although it is only available in English, French and German you can reply in any EU language.

The survey contains 16 questions on the role of publishers. Primarily, the Commission wants to know if a neighbouring right for publishers would have a positive or negative impact on publishers itself as well as on authors, researchers, online service providers and end-users. Interestingly, the questionnaire distinguishes between a neighbouring right covering publishers in all sectors and one limited to press publishers. Question No. 15 addresses everyone living in a Member State that already has passed an ancillary copyright for publishers asking what impact this right has had on the person questioned. It surely would be interesting to hear which box German press publishers check here...

The consultation period will run until 15th June 2016. Initially, the copyright reform was announced to come in September 2016.  It can be doubted that Commissioner Günther Oettinger will meet this deadline; the analysis will certainly take some time and the final draft should consider all opinions submitted.

The Commission is asking for it, so go tell them what you think of an ancillary copyright for (press) publishers!

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Tell the Commission and save the link!   Am 19. November 2015 - 14:26 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Civil society and digital rights groups are sounding the alarm about a public consultation run by the European Commission on the role of online platforms, the result of which could be new copyright rules that would effectively shut down people’s right to freely link online. The 75,000-strong Save The Link network has created an Internet Voice Tool to send feedback to the Commission as part of their consultation. Weiter

EU Commission thinks about attacking the link directly   Am 9. November 2015 - 15:49 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The Blog IPKat leaked a draft communication on copyright reform from the European Commission "towards a modern, more European copyright framework". Alongside some positive approaches on how to reform the European copyright law, it contains the threat of changing the web as we know it today by directly attacking the hyperlink. Weiter

Save copyright reform!   Am 3. Juni 2015 - 12:14 Uhr von Tom Hirche

On 16th June 2015, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee will vote on the report on the review of EU copyright rules. The report's author, MEP Julia Reda, calls on everybody to support her (good) work. Weiter

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Oettinger seems confident   Am 5. Mai 2015 - 13:32 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

Oettinger wants EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers   Am 31. März 2015 - 21:13 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, had a talk with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) about his approach on reforming European copyright. Among numerous other things, Oettinger also commented on an ancillary copyright for press publishers in the EU. Weiter

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Julia Reda publishes draft report for new EU copyright law   Am 20. Januar 2015 - 20:26 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Julia Reda, MEP for the German Pirate Party and Vice President of the Greens/EFA group, has released the draft report evaluating 2001's EU copyright directive (InfoSoc). She is a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the EU Parliament and was elected rapporteur on this particular issue in May. Weiter

European Copyright Society calls for unified European Copyright Law   Am 8. Januar 2015 - 13:38 Uhr von Tom Hirche

In an open letter to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, the European Copyright Society (ECS) calls for a sweeping reform of copyright law. Weiter

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