IGEL - RSS-Feed http://ancillarycopyright.eu/feed en MEP Voss presents the most extreme proposal for a link tax (so far) http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-03-28/mep-voss-presents-most-extreme-proposal-link-tax-so-far <p> We have called the publisher's right as proposed by the EU Commission in September 2016 an &quot;<a href="http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2016-08-25/leaked-impact-assessment-copyright-reform-recommends-ancillary-copyright-steroids">ancillary copyright on steroids</a>&quot; – for good reasons! Now MEP Axel Voss has published his proposal for the European Parliament's position which is so extreme and destructive, not even the Incredible Hulk would dare to pick a fight. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-03-28/mep-voss-presents-most-extreme-proposal-link-tax-so-far" title="Read the rest of MEP Voss presents the most extreme proposal for a link tax (so far)." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Axel Voss European Parliament draft link tax opinion proposal Creative Commons Wed, 28 Mar 2018 20:11:38 +0000 Tom Hirche 257 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu EU Council is deeply split over link tax http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-02-04/eu-council-deeply-split-over-link-tax <p> Within the EU Parliament's Legal Committee (JURI), the discussions about the Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive are still dragging on. However, with MEP Axel Voss (EVP, Germany) as the Committee's rapporteur it is very likely that the terrible idea of an ancillary copyright for press publications a.k.a. the link tax will be supported. But the situation looks completely different in the EU Council where the number of varying opinions on this topic could hardly be any larger. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-02-04/eu-council-deeply-split-over-link-tax" title="Read the rest of EU Council is deeply split over link tax." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> EU Council Bulgaria Presidency presumption Creative Commons Sun, 04 Feb 2018 20:04:18 +0000 Tom Hirche 256 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Small publishers raise their voices against link tax http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-01-04/small-publishers-raise-their-voices-against-link-tax <p> A few weeks ago, several press agencies have joined the large publishing houses in their ongoing lobbying for a new neighbouring right. Carlos Astiz, Chairman of the <a href="http://mediapublishers.eu/about/">European Innovative Media Publishers</a>, was disappointed by this endorsement and stood once again to take a stance for the smaller publishers, content creators and journalists. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-01-04/small-publishers-raise-their-voices-against-link-tax" title="Read the rest of Small publishers raise their voices against link tax." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> European Innovative Media Publishers copyright directive Europe Reform Creative Commons Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:41:34 +0000 Tom Hirche 255 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu EU Commission tried to hide a study that debunks the publisher's right as ineffective http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-01-03/eu-commission-tried-hide-study-debunks-publishers-right-ineffective <p> What once seemed to be a single incident turned out to be a habit: Once again it has been revealed that the EU Commission tried to hide the results of a self-requested copyright-related study because the results were not suitable. This time the study is all about &quot;Online News Aggregation and Neighbouring Rights for News Publishers&quot;. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-01-03/eu-commission-tried-hide-study-debunks-publishers-right-ineffective" title="Read the rest of EU Commission tried to hide a study that debunks the publisher&#039;s right as ineffective." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> EU Commission Julia Reda copyright directive Europe Reform study Creative Commons Wed, 03 Jan 2018 10:26:05 +0000 Tom Hirche 254 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Press agencies join the collective moaning and demand new publisher's right http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-12-14/press-agencies-join-collective-moaning-and-demand-new-publishers-right <p> Some of Europe's largest press agencies urge the EU institutions to introduce the proposed ancillary copyright for publishers plus they also want to belong to the beneficiaries. Among those agencies are the German DPA, the French AFP as well as the Spanish EFE. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-12-14/press-agencies-join-collective-moaning-and-demand-new-publishers-right" title="Read the rest of Press agencies join the collective moaning and demand new publisher&#039;s right." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> AFP DPA copyright directive Europe press agencies Reform Creative Commons Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:25:01 +0000 Tom Hirche 251 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu JURI members try to water down results of their own requested study http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-12-08/juri-members-try-water-down-results-their-own-requested-study <p> A couple of months ago, the European Parliament’s directorate general for internal policies of the union had commissioned a study on the proposed new right for publishers. After the results were published last October, they were finally presented to members of the Legal Affairs Committee yesterday. What should have been an informing workshop turned out to be yet another opportunity for the right's supporters to shut down arguments with their lies and to cause confusion.&nbsp; <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2017-12-08/juri-members-try-water-down-results-their-own-requested-study" title="Read the rest of JURI members try to water down results of their own requested study." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> JURI Prof. Bently Prof. Kretschmer copyright directive Europe European Parliament proposal workshop Creative Commons Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:21:48 +0000 Tom Hirche 249 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu 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 threat to Open Content and Open Access http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-09-06/neighboring-right-press-publishers-threat-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-threat-open-content-and-open-access" title="Read the rest of The neighboring right for press publishers is a threat 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