IGEL - RSS-Feed http://ancillarycopyright.eu/feed en New open letter representing a broad spectrum of stakeholders http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-12-04/new-open-letter-representing-broad-spectrum-stakeholders <p> Together with over 80 other organizations, we have co-signed an open letter&nbsp;to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council and the EU institutions last week to once again warn them of causing severe damage. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-12-04/new-open-letter-representing-broad-spectrum-stakeholders" title="Read the rest of New open letter representing a broad spectrum of stakeholders." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> C4C EDiMA EDRi Open Media Xnet copyright directive EU Europe open letter Creative Commons Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:37:13 +0000 Tom Hirche 248 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu LIBE Committee remains silent on link tax http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-11-20/libe-committee-remains-silent-link-tax <p> Today, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has finally voted on its opinion on the Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive. While problematic provisions for mandatory content filtering have been tackled, the Committee did not take any stand when it came to the ancillary copyright for press publishers aka the link tax. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-11-20/libe-committee-remains-silent-link-tax" title="Read the rest of LIBE Committee remains silent on link tax." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> LIBE Committe directive Europe European Parliament European Union vote Creative Commons Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:00:45 +0000 Tom Hirche 247 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu European Parliament's study suggests abandonment of link tax http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-10-13/european-parliaments-study-suggests-abandonment-link-tax <p> Now that is some good news! An independent study reviewing the publisher's right a.k.a. link tax that had been requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) has just been published this week. It confirms once and for all what we and others were saying for quite some time now: the link tax will be harmful and should therefore be abandoned right away. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-10-13/european-parliaments-study-suggests-abandonment-link-tax" title="Read the rest of European Parliament&#039;s study suggests abandonment of link tax." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> European Parliament JURI hyperlink presumption research study Creative Commons Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:41:24 +0000 Tom Hirche 246 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu The neighboring right for press publishers is a thread to Open Content and Open Access http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-09-06/neighboring-right-press-publishers-thread-open-content-and-open-access <p> Back in July, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the EU parliament <a href="http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-07-21/itre-deceives-itself-attacking-research-and-open-access">suggested a few changes</a> to the Commission's initial proposal for a new publisher's right. One of them is to remove the explicit exception for academic and scientific publications as found in recital 33 of the <a href="http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:52016PC0593&amp;from=DE">draft directive.</a> This combined with the already extensive COM proposal would result in a tremendous threat to Open Content and Open Access publishing. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-09-06/neighboring-right-press-publishers-thread-open-content-and-open-access" title="Read the rest of The neighboring right for press publishers is a thread to Open Content and Open Access." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> European Commission ITRE committee creative commons draft directive open access Open Content proposal Creative Commons Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:37:04 +0000 Till Kreutzer 245 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Estonia's proposal is good and bad at the same time http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-08-31/estonias-proposal-good-and-bad-same-time <p> Summer break is over. Statewatch has <a href="http://www.statewatch.org/news/2017/aug/eu-council-copyright-directive-estonian-compromises-11783-17.pdf">leaked</a>&nbsp;a compromise proposal from the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to the EU Commission's initial&nbsp;<a href="http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:52016PC0593">proposal for a directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market</a>. When it comes to Article 11 containing the ancillary copyright for press publishers, the Presidency does not come up with only one but with two completely different proposals. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-08-31/estonias-proposal-good-and-bad-same-time" title="Read the rest of Estonia&#039;s proposal is good and bad at the same time." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Estonian Presidency directive presumption proposal Creative Commons Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:01:46 +0000 Tom Hirche 244 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Publishers will hardly get any money, if anything http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-08-30/publishers-will-hardly-get-any-money-if-anything <p> The publishers pushing for their new right a.k.a. the link tax want to be paid first and foremost by providers of news aggregators and search engines. They demand a fee for the provider's service of linking to their publications and bringing them visitors hence money. Despite the unmatched absurdity of this idea, what numbers are we actually talking about? <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-08-30/publishers-will-hardly-get-any-money-if-anything" title="Read the rest of Publishers will hardly get any money, if anything." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Google Nate Hoffelder Thomas Baekdal calculation income money revenue Creative Commons Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:03:41 +0000 Tom Hirche 242 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu ITRE deceives itself by attacking research and open access http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-07-21/itre-deceives-itself-attacking-research-and-open-access <p> 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 particular Committee even tries to directly attack open access publishing. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-21/itre-deceives-itself-attacking-research-and-open-access" title="Read the rest of ITRE deceives itself by attacking research and open access." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> ITRE copyright Europe European Parliament open access Creative Commons Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:14:57 +0000 Tom Hirche 241 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Two more EP Committies gang up against free linking http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-07-12/two-more-ep-committies-gang-against-free-linking <p> After the&nbsp;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 - <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&amp;reference=PE-595.591&amp;format=PDF&amp;language=EN&amp;secondRef=02">opinion</a>) and for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE - <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bCOMPARL%2bPE-592.363%2b03%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN">opinion</a>) that both had their turns yesterday. The result: the suggestion of an even worse ancillary copyright for press publishers. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-12/two-more-ep-committies-gang-against-free-linking" title="Read the rest of Two more EP Committies gang up against free linking." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> CULT ITRE committee copyright Europe European Parliament proposal Reform Creative Commons Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:42:14 +0000 Tom Hirche 240 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Parliament's largest group to fully endorse Commission's proposal for a link tax http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-07-09/parliaments-largest-group-fully-endorse-commissions-proposal-link-tax <p> 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), has adopted a joint position that fully supports the Commission's line while ignoring the European people's voices and all academic advice. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-09/parliaments-largest-group-fully-endorse-commissions-proposal-link-tax" title="Read the rest of Parliament&#039;s largest group to fully endorse Commission&#039;s proposal for a link tax." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Axel Voss EPP European Commission European Parliament proposal Reform statement Creative Commons Sun, 09 Jul 2017 13:47:54 +0000 Tom Hirche 239 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Google's design changes might soon end all lawsuits http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-07-03/googles-design-changes-might-soon-end-all-lawsuits <p> 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. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-03/googles-design-changes-might-soon-end-all-lawsuits" title="Read the rest of Google&#039;s design changes might soon end all lawsuits." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Google Google News snippet Creative Commons Mon, 03 Jul 2017 19:18:38 +0000 Tom Hirche 238 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Cheap trick shall make us think the Spanish link tax works http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-07-03/cheap-trick-shall-make-us-think-spanish-link-tax-works <p> The Spanish link tax is indeed no success story. All it &quot;achieved&quot; 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 will change with the just closed deal, it first and foremost tries to shamelessly fool us into thinking that the link tax is actually working. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-03/cheap-trick-shall-make-us-think-spanish-link-tax-works" title="Read the rest of Cheap trick shall make us think the Spanish link tax works." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Axel Springer CEDRO Upday collecting society Spain tariff Creative Commons Mon, 03 Jul 2017 18:54:52 +0000 Tom Hirche 237 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Publisher associations lie to S&D MEPs http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-07-03/publisher-associations-lie-sd-meps <p> We got word that the European publisher organisations EMMA, ENPA, EPC and NME addressed all S&amp;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 quality journalism, to pay journalists et cet. As usual, the text is full of lies and allegations. Most of the arguments are well known and were rebutted by many commentators on many occasions (read about these and others e.g. <a href="https://openmedia.org/sites/default/files/documents/acforpresspublishers_kreutzerengweb-3.pdf">here</a> and <a href="http://europeandigitalmediaassociation.org/pdfs/latest_news/EDiMA%20DE%20Policy%20Brief%20on%20Publisher%20Rights.pdf">here</a>) before. Allow us, nonetheless, a brief comment. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-03/publisher-associations-lie-sd-meps" title="Read the rest of Publisher associations lie to S&amp;D MEPs." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> EMMA ENPA EPC European Parliament NME competition publishers quality journalism search and aggregation providers Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:29:13 +0000 Till Kreutzer 236 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Ansip only believes in surveys that confirm his view http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-07-02/ansip-only-believes-surveys-confirm-his-view <p> 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. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-07-02/ansip-only-believes-surveys-confirm-his-view" title="Read the rest of Ansip only believes in surveys that confirm his view." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Andrus Ansip BEUC European Commission Nessa Childers copyright European Union public consultation publisher Reform survey Creative Commons Sun, 02 Jul 2017 15:30:24 +0000 Tom Hirche 235 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Rogue members try to hijack LIBE Committee http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-06-14/rogue-members-try-hijack-libe-committee <p> Almost a month ago, in mid May 2017, the <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&amp;reference=PE-604.830&amp;format=PDF&amp;language=EN&amp;secondRef=01">draft opinion of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)</a> on the EU-Commission's proposal for a <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2016/EN/1-2016-593-EN-F1-1.PDF">new copyright directive</a> has officially been published. As things just turned out, some hardliners suddenly want to amend it so that it will be strongly in favour of an ancillary copyright for press publishers. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-06-14/rogue-members-try-hijack-libe-committee" title="Read the rest of Rogue members try to hijack LIBE Committee." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Axel Voss Gérard Deprez Jean-Marie Cavada LIBE Louis Michel Michał Boni Committee opinion copyright draft opinion European Parliament Reform Creative Commons Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:29:19 +0000 Tom Hirche 234 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu IMCO supports link tax – several MEPs did not attend the vote http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-06-08/imco-supports-link-tax-several-meps-did-not-attend-vote <p> This morning, the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) voted on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive (<a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2016/0280(COD)&amp;l=en">2016/0280(COD)</a>) as the first of five committees. The outcome is of great significance to the other votes that are yet to come. Unfortunately, the ancillary copyright for press publishers is still very much alive. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-06-08/imco-supports-link-tax-several-meps-did-not-attend-vote" title="Read the rest of IMCO supports link tax – several MEPs did not attend the vote." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> European Parliament IMCO directive draft opinion proposal vote Creative Commons Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:06:15 +0000 Tom Hirche 233 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu New paper discusses publisher's right – "unnecessary and dangerous" http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-06-01/new-paper-discusses-publishers-right-unnecessary-and-dangerous <p> With the support of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (<a href="https://www.ccianet.org/">CCIA</a>), the&nbsp;European Policy Centre (<a href="http://www.epc.eu/">EPC</a>) has published a new <a href="http://www.epc.eu/documents/uploads/pub_7712_rewardingqualityjournalismordistortingthedsm.pdf">discussion paper</a> titled &quot;Rewarding quality journalism or distorting the Digital Single Market? The case for and against neighbouring rights for press publishers&quot;. It is divided into an economy analysis (part I) and a legal analysis (part II). <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-06-01/new-paper-discusses-publishers-right-unnecessary-and-dangerous" title="Read the rest of New paper discusses publisher&#039;s right – &quot;unnecessary and dangerous&quot;." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> CCIA copyright paper Reform Creative Commons Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:25:12 +0000 Tom Hirche 232 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu The "Alternative Compromise" could hardly be worse http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-05-31/alternative-compromise-could-hardly-be-worse <p> In her just published&nbsp;<a href="https://juliareda.eu/2017/05/alternative-compromise/">blog post</a>, MEP Julia Reda (Greens/EFA) draws attention to the alarming developments within the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (<a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/imco/home.html">IMCO</a>) Committee. Instead of joining the committee's internal negotiations, Belgian MEP Pascal Arimont (EPP) is currently gathering support for his own &quot;<a href="https://juliareda.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/arimont-alternative-compromises.pdf">Alternative Compromise Amendment on Publisher’s Right</a>&quot; which is the worst we have seen so far in this debate. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-05-31/alternative-compromise-could-hardly-be-worse" title="Read the rest of The &quot;Alternative Compromise&quot; could hardly be worse." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> European Parliament IMCO Pascal Arimont copyright Europe Reform Creative Commons Wed, 31 May 2017 16:20:22 +0000 Tom Hirche 231 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Welcome Copybuzz! http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-05-10/welcome-copybuzz <p> If you feel confused and/or want to know what is going on with copyright these and the coming days, there is a new website just for you: <a href="http://copybuzz.com/">CopyBuzz</a>!&nbsp;It was launched at this year's <a href="https://re-publica.com/en/17/session/copybuzz-how-copyright-breaking-internet">re:publica</a> and is supported by the <a href="http://copyright4creativity.eu/">Copyright for Creativity</a> (C4C), the&nbsp;coalition that seeks an informed debate on how copyright can more effectively promote innovation, access, and creativity. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-05-10/welcome-copybuzz" title="Read the rest of Welcome Copybuzz!." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> C4C copyright launch website Creative Commons Wed, 10 May 2017 06:03:10 +0000 Tom Hirche 229 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Opposition against link tax gets big ally from Spain http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-03-24/opposition-against-link-tax-gets-big-ally-spain <p> Again and again the big (mainly German) publishing houses claim that an ancillary copyright for press publishers will do great good to their industry as a whole. They repeat their mantra despite the fact that several publishers are explicitly rejecting the introducing of such a right since this idea emerged in Germany a few years ago. Now, at a time when the European Parliament <a href="http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-03-20/official-version-comodini-report-published">prepares to stop the Commission's plans</a>, a <a href="http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/24/inenglish/1490355715_551697.html?">major Spanish publisher joins</a> those &quot;rebels&quot;. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-03-24/opposition-against-link-tax-gets-big-ally-spain" title="Read the rest of Opposition against link tax gets big ally from Spain." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> El País European Commission newspaper proposal Reform Creative Commons Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:44:52 +0000 Tom Hirche 228 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Official version of Comodini report published http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-03-20/official-version-comodini-report-published <p> Last Friday, the <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bCOMPARL%2bPE-601.094%2b01%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN">official version</a> of MEP Therese Comodini Cachia's (EPP, Malta) draft of her report on the Commission's proposal for a directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM) was published. Comodini is the elected rapporteur of the leading committee for legal affairs (JURI). Although some minor changes have already been made compared to the version that was <a href="http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-03-08/legal-affairs-committee-also-demands-abolish-ancillary-copyright">leaked a few days ago</a>, the most important points have all been kept.&nbsp;The deadline for tabling amendments is March 30th. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-03-20/official-version-comodini-report-published" title="Read the rest of Official version of Comodini report published." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Therese Comodini Cachia dsm directive European Parliament JURI Legal presumption report Creative Commons Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:06:41 +0000 Tom Hirche 227 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu