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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

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