Am 11. März 2011 - 17:07 Uhr von Redaktion

What could – or should – be embraced by IPR monopolies: Is Germany on the way to a new neighbouring right for press publishers?

Publikationsdatum 11.03.2011 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

At Kluwer Copyright Blog, lawyer and founder of the IGEL platform Till Kreutzer sums up German controversies on a neighbouring right for press publishers.

Referring to the governing parties’ coalition agreement, Kreutzer explains that at first sight it may seem reasonable to grant publishers a right similar to the ones of film or music producers. But while press publishers regard the lack of such a neighbouring right as an unjustified discrimination, legal scholars, German industry, and Internet users tend to oppose such a right fiercely, Kreutzer writes.

He points out the notion by the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) that a neighbouring right would in fact either be useless or unjustified – since it would refer to uses already within the scope of copyright or extend publishers’ rights in a way that by protecting information or even language itself would be unjustified.

According to Kreutzer, the roots of the controversy are to be found in a generational and culture clash, with press publishers asking politics to maintain old business models and the rest of the German industry requiring politics to let the world move on to business models of the information age.

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