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Whether an ancillary copyright for press publishers should exist, is a question that concerns everybody (for further information click here and here). Here at IGEL, People get a chance to speak out. Use it! We look forward to everyone joining the debate and stating his/her opinion. More

Mission statement

The Initiative Against An Ancillary Copyright For Press Publishers ("Initiative gegen ein Leistungsschutzrecht" = IGEL) is a private initiative established by the German copyright lawyer Dr. Till Kreutzer and Philipp Otto in 2010. Up until now, it unites about 130 supporters, these being Internet companies, journalistic blogs, publishers, associations of journalists, law firms, media aggregators, NGOs and foundations. IGEL opposes the ancillary copyright for press publishers because it obstructs innovation and the freedom of information and communication. Instead it fosters market concentration in the press and the online economy. IGEL informs the public about the political processes concerning the ancillary copyright for press publishers and intervenes on a political level as an NGO.More

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Legislative restrictions on free linking do not lead to better compensation for journalism, but to increased barriers to access for the public and losses for publishers and authors.

Julia Reda, 17.12.2014

  • ITRE deceives itself by attacking research and open access

    Friday, July 21, 2017 - 15:14

    Already three out of five EP Committees have voted on their opinion on the Commission's Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. So far it seems we are heading into a future where a European wide publisher's right will be present. One...

  • Two more EP Committies gang up against free linking

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 09:42

    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) and for Industry, Research...

  • Parliament's largest group to fully endorse Commission's proposal for a link tax

    Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 15:47

    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...

  • Google's design changes might soon end all lawsuits

    Monday, July 3, 2017 - 21:18

    German courts have to deal with a variety of lawsuits that involve the German ancillary copyright for press publishers. But Google's design changes might bringt a sudden end. On its blog, the company has announced several changes to the desing...

  • Cheap trick shall make us think the Spanish link tax works

    Monday, July 3, 2017 - 20:54

    The Spanish link tax is indeed no success story. All it "achieved" so far is the permanent shutdown of Google News Spain which led to a large drop in publishers' site views while not accumulating a single euro. Although this situation...

  • Publisher associations lie to S&D MEPs

    Monday, July 3, 2017 - 17:29

    We got word that the European publisher organisations EMMA, ENPA, EPC and NME addressed all S&D MEPs last week in an email. Here they explain how and why a neighbouring/ancillary copyright for press publishers would be so fundamental, e.g. for...

  • Ansip only believes in surveys that confirm his view

    Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 17:30

    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. Successful public...