Kategorie Reform

Experten fordern im Bundestagsausschuss Abschaffung des Leistungsschutzrechts  Am 4. Dezember 2014 - 16:11 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Der Bundestagsausschuss Digitale Agenda lud am gestrigen Mittwoch fünf Sachverständige zu einem öffentlichen Fachgespräch ein. Inhaltlich ging es allgemein um eine Reform des Urheberrechts sowie besonders um das Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger. 

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Deutsche Netzpolitiker appellieren mit Offenem Brief an EP-Abgeordnete   Am 29. Juni 2018 - 17:45 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Eine, wie sie selbst schreibt, "ungewöhnliche Allianz" wendet sich mit einem Offenen Brief an die Abgeordnetinnen und Abgeordneten des Europäischen Parlaments. Darin werden sie von Vertreterinnen und Vertretern parteinaher netzpolitischer Vereine eindringlich gebeten, gegen den Beschluss des JURI-Ausschusses zu stimmen. Weiter

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JURI supports link tax but plenary can still fix copyright   Am 21. Juni 2018 - 17:21 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Last Wednesday on June 20, the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) voted on the Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive. Unfortunately, the ancillary copyright for press publishers as stipulated in article 11 was adopted with only little suggested changes. But it looks like this has not been the final vote yet.

Slim majority for article 11

JURI rapporteur Axel Voss (EPP, Germany) has always been a strong supporter of a publishers' right. With his initial compromise amendment, he had taken the Commission's proposal to the extreme by heavily extending its scope. However, he must have failed to receive enough support for this position. This would at least explain why he presented a second and eventually a final third version of his compromise amendment to the other JURI members just a few weeks later. The extreme aspects were erased and the scope of the new right was even narrowed, so that he felt safe to put it to vote.

With a slim majority of 13:12, Voss's compromise amendment was adopted. As a consequence, all other amendments that aimed at deleting article 11 altogether or turning it into a presumption rule were automatically rejected. It comes as no surprise that most of Voss's EPP buddies joined his position. But who really is to blame are the two members of the right-wing nationalist group ENF whose only goal from the beginning was to cause as much harm to the EU as possible. Voss relied on their support to win the vote.

Discussions might be reopened in the plenum

The JURI committee also agreed to grant Voss the mandate to go to negotiations with the EU Commission and the EU Council. Fortunately, MEP Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany) who is one of the harshest critics of article 11 within the European Parliament has already declared to challenge this mandate. All she needs is the support of 75 other MEPs. Together, they can trigger a plenary vote which means that each of the 750 members of the European Parliament will have to decide if they reject Voss's mandate for trilogue negotiations.

If the majority does, the discussions on the Parliament's position on the copyright directive will be reopened in the plenary. MEPs will then have the chance to table new amendments and call for the deletion of article 11. For more information on the procedure see this article from the #SaveYourInternet campaign website.

This protest vote could already take place within the next two weeks. This means that all MEPs need to be encouraged to oppose the mandate and to oppose the publishers' right. Make them aware of how dangerous, misguided and useless it is.

JURI has adopted link tax   Am 20. Juni 2018 - 13:11 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today at 10:48, the JURI Committee of the European Parliament has adopted the compromise amendment of rapporteur MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany) concerning article 11 with a 13:12 majority. All amendments calling for its deletion have thus been rejected. Now there is only the plenary of the European Parliament that has the power to overturn the plan of introducing an EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers. The fight for a free internet is not over!

Sascha Lobo: "Such a nonsense law"   Am 19. Juni 2018 - 12:03 Uhr von Redaktion

With the ancillary copyright, some publishers want to get a digital money printing machine from politicians – soon also at the EU level. How did we come to this? Weiter

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Lobo: Leistungsschutzrecht ist "realitätsfernes Quatschgesetz"   Am 15. Juni 2018 - 10:38 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Jeden Mittwoch erscheint Sascha Lobos Kolumne für SPIEGEL Online, in der er sich ein ums andere Mal mit hochaktuellen digitalpolitischen Themen auseinandersetzt. In seinem jüngsten Text befasst er sich mit den Plänen für ein EU-weites Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger. Lobos Fazit findet sich gleich in der Überschrift: "So ein Quatschgesetz." Weiter

Take a minute to #SaveYourInternet   Am 12. Juni 2018 - 17:23 Uhr von Tom Hirche

In eight days, the Legal Affairs Committee will finally vote on its compromise amendment for the upcoming copyright directive. This will be followed by the whole plenum of the European Parliament voting on a common position. Your and everybody else's internet freedom is at stake. Act now, get in touch with your MEP and #SaveYourInternet. Weiter

German government is intentionally stalling evaluation process to prevent evidence against publishers' right   Am 11. Juni 2018 - 17:03 Uhr von Tom Hirche

It was on 1 August 2013 when the ancillary copyright for press publishers became effective in Germany. Nearly five years have passed by since then with the promised evaluation of one of the worst laws of the recent past still yet to come. But the German government is intentionally stalling the process. Weiter

Member States agree on implementation of link tax   Am 29. Mai 2018 - 12:34 Uhr von Tom Hirche

After months of discussions, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Council (COREPER) has agreed its common position on the text for the upcoming Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This position will serve as a negotiating mandate for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Despite all warnings, this mandate also allows for the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers aka the link tax. Weiter

Voss's changes can not cure the rotten root   Am 17. Mai 2018 - 17:03 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The rapporteur of the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of the European Parliament, MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany) has updated his draft compromise amendment for Article 11, the ancillary copyright for press publishers, pushing for a vote next month. Although the proposed text is now less extreme compared to the first version from seven weeks ago, it fails to tackle the real problem. Weiter

Kommende Staatsministerin lehnt Leistungsschutzrecht ab   Am 12. März 2018 - 18:40 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Dorothee Bär (CSU) steht als kommende Staatsministerin für Digitales fest und hat sich bereits vorab klar gegen das Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger positioniert. Nicht zum ersten Mal. Weiter

Neue Bundesregierung vermeidet klares Bekenntnis zu EU-Leistungsschutzrecht   Am 8. Februar 2018 - 19:55 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Lange hat es gedauert, endlich gibt es einen Koalitionsvertrag. Von einem "Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger" wird darin allerdings nicht gesprochen. Stattdessen gibt es dazu nur vage Aussagen. Weiter

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"Wenn das Leistungsschutzrecht kommt, wäre das Internet tot."   Am 14. Januar 2018 - 18:08 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Die Nachrichtensendung "Arte Journal" hat sich vergangenen Freitag in einem prägnanten Beitrag mit den EU-Plänen für ein Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger auseinandergesetzt. Dafür wurde u.a. Dr. Till Kreutzer von IGEL interviewt. Der Beitrag ist jetzt online verfügbar. Weiter

Small publishers raise their voices against link tax   Am 4. Januar 2018 - 14:41 Uhr von Tom Hirche

A few weeks ago, several press agencies have joined the large publishing houses in their ongoing lobbying for a new neighbouring right. Carlos Astiz, Chairman of the European Innovative Media Publishers, was disappointed by this endorsement and stood once again to take a stance for the smaller publishers, content creators and journalists. Weiter

EU Commission tried to hide a study that debunks the publisher's right as ineffective   Am 3. Januar 2018 - 13:26 Uhr von Tom Hirche

What once seemed to be a single incident turned out to be a habit: Once again it has been revealed that the EU Commission tried to hide the results of a self-requested copyright-related study because the results were not suitable. This time the study is all about "Online News Aggregation and Neighbouring Rights for News Publishers". Weiter

Press agencies join the collective moaning and demand new publisher's right   Am 14. Dezember 2017 - 14:25 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Some of Europe's largest press agencies urge the EU institutions to introduce the proposed ancillary copyright for publishers plus they also want to belong to the beneficiaries. Among those agencies are the German DPA, the French AFP as well as the Spanish EFE. Weiter

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Two more EP Committies gang up against free linking   Am 12. Juli 2017 - 11:42 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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 - opinion) and for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE - opinion) that both had their turns yesterday. The result: the suggestion of an even worse ancillary copyright for press publishers. Weiter

Parliament's largest group to fully endorse Commission's proposal for a link tax   Am 9. Juli 2017 - 17:47 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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. Weiter

Ansip only believes in surveys that confirm his view   Am 2. Juli 2017 - 19:30 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

Rogue members try to hijack LIBE Committee   Am 14. Juni 2017 - 18:29 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Almost a month ago, in mid May 2017, the draft opinion of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on the EU-Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive 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. Weiter