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

  • Conservative and innovative press are deeply divided

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:10

    The ancillary copyright for press publishers is more and more often covered by German media recently. However, the choice of words differs tremendously: While conservative media worship the Holy Günther as their patron saint, the innovators...

  • Canadian publishers demand link tax

    Friday, October 14, 2016 - 17:30

    Canada is infected. It took some time but now it is there. The very persistent thought that already overran Germany and Spain and is currently trying to subdue the European Union. Its name: Ancillary copyright for press publishers – or just the...

  • Debate in the Press Club Brussels: A tale about the lies of the publisher associations and the ignorance of the EU commission

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 15:16

    Yesterday, I was invited to speak at a public debate in the Press Club in Brussels. Main topic was the Commission’s proposal on the ancillary copyright. What I heard was a bunch of lies and a good measure of ignorance. After all these years I...

  • Our new brochure is finally here!

    Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 02:59

    After countless hours of work our new brochure "Ancillary Copyright for press publishers – Background and key issues" has arrived! It is easy to read and answers all relevant questions regarding an Ancillary Copyright for press...

  • "This is a joke, right??"

    Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:44

    It is always a great thing when politicians join the public discussion. Yesterday, EU-Commissioner Günther Oettinger tried to defend his proposal on an ancillary copyright for press publishers on Twitter. But what he let loose was enough to...

  • Oettinger: Put your online editors to silence!

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 17:27

    EU-Commissioner Günther Oettinger gave a speech last Monday at the annual meeting of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (BDZV). There he explicitly called on the publishing houses to create more buzz in favor of his proposed ancillary...

  • Towards a better copyright

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 07:28

    Two weeks ago, Communia together with EDRi held the event "Copyright reform – unlocking copyright for users?" in the European Parliament. It was hosted by MEPs Comodini Cachia (EPP) and Carlos Zorrinho (S&D). Several represantatives...