IGEL - RSS-Feed http://ancillarycopyright.eu/feed en The internet has lost http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-09-12/internet-has-lost <p> Today, the European Parliament held its second vote on copyright in the digital single market and it took the worst possible outcome. Amendments to delete article 11 altogether or to alter it into a rule of legal presumption were rejected by a large majority. Instead, MEP Axel Voss's latest proposal for an ancillary copyright for press publishers was adopted. The same goes for his proposal that aims to introduce upload filters in the EU. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-09-12/internet-has-lost" title="Read the rest of The internet has lost." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Axel Voss European Parliament copyright Europe European Union plenary Reform vote Creative Commons Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:09:19 +0000 Tom Hirche 274 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Voss still ignores criticism and does not move an inch http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-09-10/voss-still-ignores-criticism-and-does-not-move-inch <p> Although summer break has just ended, the next important vote at EU level is already coming up. Members of the European Parliament must agree on a common position on the proposed copyright reform. A key role here is played by MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany), rapporteur on the JURI Committee, who despite all criticism is unwilling to back away from his proposal.</p> <p> <strong>Background</strong></p> <p> At the end of June 2018, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (JURI) had approved the <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bADDON%2bA8-2018-0245%2bERR-01-EN%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN">amendments proposed by Axel Voss on the European Commission's proposal for an ancillary copyright for press publishers</a> by a narrow majority. He was also given the mandate to negotiate the copyright reform with the Commission and the European Council. But just two weeks later, the plenary of the European Parliament rejected his amendments altogether and withdrew the mandate.</p> <p> As a consequence, all 751 MEPs were given the opportunity to table their own amendments to the proposed copyright directive. The deadline had ended on 5 September at 2 p.m. (CEST). The final vote will take place during the plenary session on 12 September.</p> <p> <strong>Unclear wording, no gain of knowledge</strong></p> <p> In the past, Axel Voss had revised his amendment to the ancillary copyright for press publishers in Article 11 of the Commission's proposal several times before having it finally voted on in the JURI Committee. Now he suggests another change that could not have been more minimal.</p> <p> In his original amendment as it was adopted by the JURI Committee, it is stated that an ancillary copyright for press publishers should not extend to hyperlinks. However, such a wording is far too vague as it is not clear whether it only covers the &quot;naked&quot; link or also a small ecerpt taken from the linked article to describe where the link leads to.</p> <p> The <a href="https://juliareda.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Copyright_Sept12_Voss.pdf">new proposal</a> now seeks to explicitly exclude &quot;mere hyperlinks accompanied by individual words&quot; from the scope of the ancillary copyright. Such wording will not bring any clarity. How many are &quot;individual words&quot;? Does it include whole (short) sentences? If not, which scenario did Voss have in mind when individual and independent keywords are not covered by the ancillary copyright law from the outset? Or does the wording imply that even a single word taken from the press article is covered by this new right? Although this is unlikely, a precise answer cannot be given: It is absolutely unclear what this change is supposed to achieve.</p> <p> <strong>History is about to repeat itself</strong></p> <p> Nevertheless, Voss receives support from MEP Jean-Marie Cavada (ALDE, France). The shadow rapporteur <a href="https://juliareda.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Copyright_Sept12_Cavada.pdf">additionally proposes</a> that the new ancillary copyright &quot;shall not apply to uses of insubstantial parts of a press publication, including individual words or very short excerpts.&quot; An almost identical exception has been made to the German ancillary copyright for press publishers. But even fice years later, nobody can say with legal certainty what this actually means. There has since been an enormous amount of costly litigation over the correct interpretation with <a href="https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Leistungsschutzrecht-Verleger-fordern-weiter-Millionen-von-Google-4154749.html">no end in sight</a>. Regardless of the outcome, <a href="https://www.golem.de/news/vg-media-jahresbericht-leistungsschutzrecht-bleibt-ein-verlustgeschaeft-1705-127665.html">millions of euros</a> will have been spent for legal proceedings by then in Germany alone. This money could have been invested in much better projects than this &quot;<a href="http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/leistungsschutzrecht-fuer-presseverleger-so-ein-quatschgesetz-a-1212697.html">unrealistic nonsense law</a>&quot;.</p> <p> <strong>Criticism goes in one ear and out the other</strong></p> <p> It is incomprehensible why Voss and his fellows strive for a repeat of this debacle and resist the broad criticism so stubbornly. They just seem to not care when Voss's EPP colleague and chairman of the JURI Committee Pavel Svoboda (EPP, Czech Republic) <a href="http://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/interview/svoboda-mep-europe-needs-a-copyright-regime-for-the-internet-age/">slashed the ancillary copyright for press publishers</a>. They also seem to ignore the open letter addressed directly to Voss and <a href="http://www.digitalagendaintergroup.eu/more-than-a-hundred-meps-oppose-new-publishers-right/">signed by over 100 MEPs from all political groups</a>, the open letters <a href="https://www.create.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/OpenLetter_EU_Copyright_Research_Centres_26_04_2018.pdf">from 25 research institutes</a> and <a href="https://www.ivir.nl/academics-against-press-publishers-right/">from more than 200 copyright experts from across the EU</a> or the various scientific studies that have already been conducted (like the study carried out <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2017/596810/IPOL_STU(2017)596810_EN.pdf">on behalf of the JURI Committee</a>).</p> <p> They all warn against the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers. No matter in what form it comes, it will not eliminate the existing problems but further deepen them to the detriment of consumers, innovative companies and small publishers. There is not a single research study that comes to a different result. But the lack of substantive arguments does not seem to upset the advocates of the ancillary copyright. They shut their eyes and ears and just keep going.</p> <p> <strong>Compromise already on the table</strong></p> <p> Their behaviour is not understandable especially when a reasonable counterproposal exists that was fortunately introduced by the <a href="https://juliareda.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Copyright_Sept12_Reda.pdf">Greens/EFA</a> and thus will be put to vote. Instead of an ancillary copyright, the press publishers should benefit from a legal presumption. This would eliminate their problems in enforcing the rights assigned to them by authors without exposing the online and publishing industry as well as internet users to unbearable legal uncertainty. Voss's former political group colleague, the previous rapporteur of the JURI Committee for the copyright reform Therese Comodini Cachia (EPP, Malta) had already proposed this compromise <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">months ago</a>.</p> <p> However, Voss has completely blocked this solution so far despite the fact that he himself does not seem to be convinced of his own proposal. This is proven by <a href="https://www.golem.de/news/axel-voss-das-leistungsschutzrecht-ist-nicht-die-beste-idee-1802-132810.html">his statement from earlier this year</a> which could not be more ignorant: &quot;The ancillary copyright may not be the best idea, but it is, I think, the only one we have so far on the table to somehow improve the situation.&quot;</p> <p> <strong>Appeal to reason</strong></p> <p> In the vote on 12 September you, the Members of the European Parliament, must make a decision for Europe and the Europeans. Vote against the ancillary copyright, no matter in what form it is presented to you by the proponents. It will only do harm and will not benefit anyone. Therefore, either vote in favor of completely deleting Article 11 from copyright reform or endorse the presumed solution. Europe will thank you!<br /> &nbsp;</p> Axel Voss Jean-Marie Cavada Therese Comodini Cachia copyright Europe European Parliament JURI Legal presumption Reform vote Creative Commons Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:13:45 +0000 Tom Hirche 273 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Introduction of Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers now a "Question of Life and Death" http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-08-31/introduction-ancillary-copyright-press-publishers-now-question-life-and-death <p> Before the summer break&nbsp;in Brussels and Strasburg&nbsp;had officially ended, members of the European Parliament got hit by the latest lobbying campaign by press agencies and publishers. With blatant lies and twisted truths they once again called on MEPs to support the widely discussed ancillary copyright for press publishers. Supporting arguments based on actual facts are absent just like they have been in the past. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-08-31/introduction-ancillary-copyright-press-publishers-now-question-life-and-death" title="Read the rest of Introduction of Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers now a &quot;Question of Life and Death&quot;." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> AFP Sammy Ketz EU Europe European Parliament Facebook Google journalism Reform snippet vote Creative Commons Fri, 31 Aug 2018 14:33:29 +0000 Tom Hirche 272 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Svoboda on link tax: "I do not see any positive consequences for anyone" http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-08-07/svoboda-link-tax-i-do-not-see-any-positive-consequences-anyone <p> In July 2017, the European People's Party (EPP) had&nbsp;adopted a <a href="http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2017-07-09/parliaments-largest-group-fully-endorse-commissions-proposal-link-tax">joint position</a> that fully endorses the Commission's plan for the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers (link tax). But this has not changed the fact that party members are against this new right and actively try to prevent it. With MEP Svoboda, a very influential one has publicly renewed his criticism. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-08-07/svoboda-link-tax-i-do-not-see-any-positive-consequences-anyone" title="Read the rest of Svoboda on link tax: &quot;I do not see any positive consequences for anyone&quot;." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Axel Voss Pavel Svoboda copyright Europe European Parliament presumption Reform vote Creative Commons Tue, 07 Aug 2018 07:32:36 +0000 Tom Hirche 271 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu JURI report gets rejected by EP majority http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-07-05/juri-report-gets-rejected-ep-majority <p> It was only two weeks ago, when the JURI Committee <a href="http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-06-21/juri-supports-link-tax-plenary-can-still-fix-copyright">had finally adopted</a> its report on the upcoming copyright reform. Today, it was rejected by the majority of the European Parliament that withdrew MEP Axel Voss's negotiation mandate. An important step on the way to prevent the EU from causing severe damage to the free flow of information. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-07-05/juri-report-gets-rejected-ep-majority" title="Read the rest of JURI report gets rejected by EP majority." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> European Parliament copyright Europe Reform vote Creative Commons Thu, 05 Jul 2018 14:51:17 +0000 Tom Hirche 269 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu JURI supports link tax but plenary can still fix copyright http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-06-21/juri-supports-link-tax-plenary-can-still-fix-copyright <p> Last Wednesday on June 20, the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) voted on the Commission's proposal for a new copyright directive. Unfortunately, the ancillary copyright for press publishers as stipulated in article 11 was adopted with only little suggested changes. But it looks like this has not been the final vote yet. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-06-21/juri-supports-link-tax-plenary-can-still-fix-copyright" title="Read the rest of JURI supports link tax but plenary can still fix copyright." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> European Parliament coypright Europe European Union Reform vote Creative Commons Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:21:14 +0000 Tom Hirche 268 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu JURI has adopted link tax http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-06-20/juri-has-adopted-link-tax <p> Today at 10:48, the JURI Committee of the European Parliament has adopted the compromise amendment of rapporteur MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany) concerning article 11 with a 13:12 majority. All amendments calling for its deletion have thus been rejected. Now there is only the plenary of the European Parliament that has the power to overturn the plan of introducing an EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers. The fight for a free internet is not over!</p> Axel Voss copyright Europe European Parliament JURI Reform vote Creative Commons Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:11:41 +0000 Tom Hirche 267 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Sascha Lobo: "Such a nonsense law" http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-06-19/such-nonsense-law <p> With the ancillary copyright, some publishers want to get a digital money printing machine from politicians – soon also at the EU level. How did we come to this? <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-06-19/such-nonsense-law" title="Read the rest of Sascha Lobo: &quot;Such a nonsense law&quot;." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Axel Springer CDU CSU Günther Oettinger Voss copyright Europe European Parliament Merkel populism Reform vote Creative Commons Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:03:16 +0000 redaktion 266 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Take a minute to #SaveYourInternet http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-06-12/take-minute-saveyourinternet <p> In eight days, the Legal Affairs Committee will finally vote on its compromise amendment for the upcoming copyright directive. This will be followed by the whole plenum of the European Parliament voting on a common position. Your and everybody else's internet freedom is at stake. Act now, get in touch with your MEP and #SaveYourInternet. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-06-12/take-minute-saveyourinternet" title="Read the rest of Take a minute to #SaveYourInternet." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> SaveYourInternet copyright Europe European Parliament JURI Reform vote Creative Commons Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:23:40 +0000 Tom Hirche 265 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu German government is intentionally stalling evaluation process to prevent evidence against publishers' right http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-06-11/german-government-intentionally-stalling-evaluation-process-prevent-evidence-against-publishers-righ <p> It was on 1 August 2013 when the ancillary copyright for press publishers became effective in Germany. Nearly five years have passed by since then with the promised evaluation of one of the worst laws of the recent past still yet to come. But the German government is intentionally stalling the process. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-06-11/german-government-intentionally-stalling-evaluation-process-prevent-evidence-against-publishers-righ" title="Read the rest of German government is intentionally stalling evaluation process to prevent evidence against publishers&#039; right." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> German government copyright discussion EU Europe evaluation government Reform Creative Commons Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:03:05 +0000 Tom Hirche 264 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Over 100 MEPs sign an open letter against introduction of link tax http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-06-07/over-100-meps-sign-open-letter-against-introduction-link-tax <p> Today, a total of 104 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from across the political groups published an <a href="https://www.digitalagendaintergroup.eu/more-than-a-hundred-meps-oppose-new-publishers-right/">open letter</a> addressing MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany) who is the lead Rapporteur on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market for the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-06-07/over-100-meps-sign-open-letter-against-introduction-link-tax" title="Read the rest of Over 100 MEPs sign an open letter against introduction of link tax." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Catherine Stihler Isabella Adinolfi Julia Reda Marietje Schaake Michał Boni Axel Voss deletion Europe European Parliament MEP open letter Creative Commons Thu, 07 Jun 2018 09:27:50 +0000 Tom Hirche 263 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Member States agree on implementation of link tax http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-05-29/member-states-agree-implementation-link-tax <p> After months of discussions, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Council (COREPER) has agreed its <a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/35373/st09134-en18.pdf">common position</a> on the text for the upcoming Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This position will serve as a negotiating mandate for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Despite all warnings, this mandate also allows for the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers aka the link tax. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-05-29/member-states-agree-implementation-link-tax" title="Read the rest of Member States agree on implementation of link tax." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> coreper European Council copyright draft Europe Reform Creative Commons Tue, 29 May 2018 08:34:18 +0000 Tom Hirche 262 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Voss's changes can not cure the rotten root http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-05-17/vosss-changes-can-not-cure-rotten-root <p> The rapporteur of the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of the European Parliament, MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany) has updated his draft compromise amendment for Article 11, the ancillary copyright for press publishers, pushing for a vote next month. Although the proposed text is now less extreme compared to the first version from seven weeks ago, it fails to tackle the real problem. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-05-17/vosss-changes-can-not-cure-rotten-root" title="Read the rest of Voss&#039;s changes can not cure the rotten root." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Axel Voss JURI copyright Europe European Parliament opinion proposal Reform Creative Commons Thu, 17 May 2018 13:03:34 +0000 Tom Hirche 261 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Open letter: "The EU Copyright Directive is failing" and should be stopped http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-04-26/open-letter-eu-copyright-directive-failing-and-should-be-stopped <p> Another open letter has been sent to the members of the European Parliament, this time by academics from 25 leading intellectual property research centres in Europe. They request them to stop the legislation process altogether if it continues to progress in the form proposed by the recent drafts of the Bulgarian&nbsp;Presidency and JURI rapporteur Voss. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-04-26/open-letter-eu-copyright-directive-failing-and-should-be-stopped" title="Read the rest of Open letter: &quot;The EU Copyright Directive is failing&quot; and should be stopped." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> copyright directive Europe open letter Creative Commons Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:39:05 +0000 Tom Hirche 260 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Nearly 170 academics warn against ancillary copyright for press publishers http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-04-25/nearly-170-academics-warn-against-ancillary-copyright-press-publishers <p> Another open letter calling for the deletion of Art. 11 of the proposed DSM directive has been sent out to the members of the European Parliament today. It was signed by not less than 169 scholars (and counting) from all over Europe of whom 100 are full professors. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-04-25/nearly-170-academics-warn-against-ancillary-copyright-press-publishers" title="Read the rest of Nearly 170 academics warn against ancillary copyright for press publishers." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Marco Ricolfi Mireille van Eechoud Raquel Xalabarder academics Europe open letter professors Creative Commons Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:05:04 +0000 Tom Hirche 259 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu Open letter: 59 organisations encourage Axel Voss to delete ancillary copyright from the DSM directive http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-04-19/open-letter-59-organisations-encourage-axel-voss-delete-ancillary-copyright-dsm-directive <p> In a couple of weeks, the Legal Committee of the European Parliament (JURI) will release its opinion on the EU Commission’s proposal for a new copyright directive. The responsible rapporteur MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany) is currently making his final conversations with the shadow rapporteurs of the other political groups. For this very reason, together with Communia and OpenMedia/Safe-the-Link, we have sent out an open letter that was co-signed by 56 further organisations. <span class="read-more"><a href="/news/2018-04-19/open-letter-59-organisations-encourage-axel-voss-delete-ancillary-copyright-dsm-directive" title="Read the rest of Open letter: 59 organisations encourage Axel Voss to delete ancillary copyright from the DSM directive." rel="nofollow">Read more</a></span></p> Communia IGEL OpenMedia Axel Voss copyright directive EU Europe open letter Creative Commons Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:29:37 +0000 Tom Hirche 258 at http://ancillarycopyright.eu 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