Kategorie Europe

Press release by OpenMedia regarding Save the Link  Am 5. Mai 2015 - 21:56 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 06.05.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

An international network of organizations launches campaign to safeguard the Right To Link

 

Legislators in European Parliament and Commission are considering updates to copyright proposals that would censor links for Internet users

 

May 6, 2015 –A large network of over 50 organizations from 21 countries is coming together to “Save The Link”. Today, the network is launching a multilingual international campaign aimed at pushing back against efforts by powerful media conglomerates to censor links and stifle free expression on the Internet. One of the proposals being advanced could make users personally liable for the content of websites they link to online. Weiter

2015 Intellectual Property and Economic Growth Index was published  Am 31. März 2015 - 19:58 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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

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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EP Working Group should respect the full range of views  Am 26. März 2015 - 9:27 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 26.03.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

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.

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Now is the time to fix copyright!  Am 17. Februar 2015 - 18:19 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 17.02.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

In her article published on The Digital Post, Caroline de Cock, Coordinator of the Copyright4Creativity (C4C) Coalition, claims that now is the time to fix European copyright law. And she is right.

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On our own account: IGEL joins C4C  Am 28. Januar 2015 - 21:28 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 28.01.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

We are very excited to announce that IGEL is now a proud member of Copyright for Creativity (C4C). We are very happy to team up with this pan-European coalition of NGOs like European Digital Rights (EDRi) or the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and associations like the European Bureau of Library, Information, and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) working all together to promote a responsible and sustainable European copyright for the digital age. It is our aim to prevent an ancillary copyright law for press publishers on a European level which we hope to work towards by partnering with this multi-stakeholder network.

Yet another independent study bashes Article 11   Am 12. Februar 2019 - 20:58 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the final report of the so-called Cairncross review was published. It thoroughly looks at how to sustain the production and distribution of high-quality journalism in the UK. In doing so, some interesting points regarding an ancillary copyright for press publishers are raised.

This independent review was conducted by Dame Frances Cairncross who was supported by an advisory panel. When it comes to Article 11 of the currently discussed draft directive on copyright, she concludes:

There are grounds for worrying that the implementation of Article 11 in the EU may backfire and restrict access to news. (p. 69)

A bit further, she states:

The experiences in Germany and Spain suggest that, overall, the snippets of publishers' content included on platforms' websites encourage more readers to go to publishers' websites, rather than discourage them (because, for instance, the information they read on the platform is all they need). Put more succinctly, a platform's aggregation service is complementary to a news publisher’s direct provision, rather than a substitute. (p. 70)

Finally, she rejects the option of demanding payment for the news that appears in the online platforms' news feeds. One of the reasons for this recommendation is that:

[...] Google News in particular - might refuse to show any publisher's content. Even if the platforms were merely to scale back their aggregation, this could cause significant harm to people who want to see news, and (as in Spain) to smaller publications. The general public seems to appreciate news aggregation services, and might resent their removal. (p. 92)

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Increasing number of rightholders reject EU copyright reform   Am 8. Februar 2019 - 18:02 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The Romanian Council Presidency still tries to reach a compromise with the Member States on the planned directive on copyright reform. Meanwhile, more and more influential rightholders are now denying their support, putting additional pressure on politicians.

Rejection from large parts of the media industry

Yesterday alone two open letters from the creative industry (here & here) have reached the EU negotiators from the Commission, Council and Parliament. The signatories include heavyweights such as the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) and Film Distributors Associations (FIAD). In their letters, they completely reject the current draft directive's suitability for achieving the objectives it is supposed to pursue. Therefore, the unequivocal demand is that there should be no directive rather than a bad one.

Additionally, it also became public yesterday that Bertelsmann, one of the world's largest media companies, is now rejecting the planned directive as well. Spiegel-Online reports that behind the scenes attempts are being made to persuade MEPs to reject the reform.

Journalists demand equal treatment

In addition, the journalists seem to have finally noticed that they were only being tied up in front of the carts in order to strengthen the interests of others. In a press release published today, both the European and the International Federation of Journalists (EFJ/IFJ) vehemently oppose the current draft directive and, in particular, Article 11, which is intended to contain an ancillary copyright for press publishers.

Anyone who previously thought that journalists and press publishers would fight side-by-side for this new right has now been taught better. Both parties have pursued completely different interests from the very beginning. However, the gap between them has never been as wide as it is now.

Only press publishers left

As a result, a large number of those who were supposed to benefit from the Copyright Directive now reject it altogether and demand it to be buried. Only the major press publishing houses have not yet denied their support. They still seem to cling to the misconception that a new law would solve their financial problems. Looking a little closer, however, the first hit has already been taken, since Gruner + Jahr, one of the largest publishing houses in Europe, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann.

 

Broad coalition of 89 organisations calls for deletion of Article 11 and 13   Am 30. Januar 2019 - 14:49 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The trilogue negotiations on the upcoming copyright Directive are still stuck. EDRi has taken this opportunity to send out an open letter to the negotiators that not only we but also numerous international and Europe-based organisations have co-signed. Weiter

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Dispute between EU states brings negotiations to a halt   Am 22. Januar 2019 - 23:15 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Representatives of the Member States in the European Council have not yet managed to reach a compromise. The trilogue negotiations are therefore continuing to drag on indefinitely. That gives cause for hope. Weiter

Article 11: Negotiations did not bring any improvement so far   Am 18. Januar 2019 - 10:41 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

Originally, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council wanted to finalise the text of the planned Copyright Directive by the end of 2018. However, this goal was clearly missed so that negotiations were resumed last week. Weiter

No political consensus in 2018   Am 17. Dezember 2018 - 17:06 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The last trilogue negotiations for this year between representatives of European Parliament, European Commission and European Council took place last week. Again, an overall agreement could not be reached. Weiter

"Other nations should be wary of following the EU’s lead on this particular initiative."   Am 23. November 2018 - 15:37 Uhr von Tom Hirche

The European Commission, Council and Parliament are still negotiating the exact wording of an ancillary copyright for press publishers that will most likely be part of the upcoming EU Directive on copyright. If you have not yet heard about this new right or only a little and if you want to learn more about it, then Pamela Samuelson, who is the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School, has just written the perfect article for you. Weiter

The internet has lost   Am 12. September 2018 - 14:09 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Today, the European Parliament held its second vote on copyright in the digital single market and it took the worst possible outcome. Amendments to delete article 11 altogether or to alter it into a rule of legal presumption were rejected by a large majority. Instead, MEP Axel Voss's latest proposal for an ancillary copyright for press publishers was adopted. The same goes for his proposal that aims to introduce upload filters in the EU. Weiter

Voss still ignores criticism and does not move an inch   Am 10. September 2018 - 18:13 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Although summer break has just ended, the next important vote at EU level is already coming up. Members of the European Parliament must agree on a common position on the proposed copyright reform. A key role here is played by MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany), rapporteur on the JURI Committee, who despite all criticism is unwilling to back away from his proposal. Weiter

Introduction of Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers now a "Question of Life and Death"   Am 31. August 2018 - 17:33 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Before the summer break in Brussels and Strasburg had officially ended, members of the European Parliament got hit by the latest lobbying campaign by press agencies and publishers. With blatant lies and twisted truths they once again called on MEPs to support the widely discussed ancillary copyright for press publishers. Supporting arguments based on actual facts are absent just like they have been in the past. Weiter

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Svoboda on link tax: "I do not see any positive consequences for anyone"   Am 7. August 2018 - 10:32 Uhr von Tom Hirche

In July 2017, the European People's Party (EPP) had adopted a joint position that fully endorses the Commission's plan for the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers (link tax). But this has not changed the fact that party members are against this new right and actively try to prevent it. With MEP Svoboda, a very influential one has publicly renewed his criticism. Weiter

JURI report gets rejected by EP majority   Am 5. Juli 2018 - 17:51 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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It was only two weeks ago, when the JURI Committee had finally adopted its report on the upcoming copyright reform. Today, it was rejected by the majority of the European Parliament that withdrew MEP Axel Voss's negotiation mandate. An important step on the way to prevent the EU from causing severe damage to the free flow of information. Weiter

JURI supports link tax but plenary can still fix copyright   Am 21. Juni 2018 - 16:21 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. Weiter

JURI has adopted link tax   Am 20. Juni 2018 - 12:11 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!