Berlin state government against ancillary copyright for press publishers

Am 13. Dezember 2016 - 14:03 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The three regional party associations of SPD, Die Linken and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, who will build the new government of the state of Berlin, have signed the coalition agreement for the next legislative period (2016-2021). Among many other things, the ancillary copyright for press publishers gets a mention.

On page 174, the agreement reads:

"The authors' protection continues to enjoy high priority in the capitol of creative folks. The coalition advocates a modern and fair copyright system that meets the requirements of the digital age and that will especially not entail unnecessary restrictions on education, science and cultural life."

What this particularly means is revealed shortly after:

"The coalition rejects the introduction of a European ancillary copyright for press publishers."

We are pleased with this clear statement and hope for many copycats.

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