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MEPs sign Open Letter to Commission   18/12/2015 by Tom Hirche

A cross-party coalition formed by over 80 MEPs has written an Open Letter to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, to European Commissioner for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip as well as to European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger. They are "deeply concerned about the Commission's Communication 'Towards a modern, more European copyright framework'". Read more

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EU Commission releases final version of its Copyright Communication   09/12/2015 by Till Kreutzer

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Today, the Commission’s published its action plan on copyright in the Digital Age “Towards a modern, more European copyright framework” (PDF). Compared to the leaked draft paper the final version contains quite a few but significant changes. Especially with regard to the ancillary copyright.

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Go to YouCan.FixCopyright.eu!   07/12/2015 by Tom Hirche

In late September, the EU Commission has initiated its public consultation on online platforms. To encourage everybody to speak his/her mind, there now is (another) online tool that facilitates the process of submitting your opinion to the Commission. Read more

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European publishers against European AC   07/12/2015 by Tom Hirche

Several Open Letters have reached the EU Commissioners while they conduct their public consultation on the role of online platforms. The most recent originates from a group of various European publishers who speak out against an ancillary copyright for press publishers. Read more

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AC has "overwhelmingly negative impact"   02/12/2015 by Tom Hirche

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EDiMA, the European trade association representing online platforms, has recently published a document that summarizes the research available on ancillary rights in news. The results are alarming. Read more

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Open Letter to EC and EP (UPDATE)   25/11/2015 by Tom Hirche

As part of a large coalition we have co-signed two open letters addressed to the European Commission as well as the European Parliament informing them about our concerns regarding the Commission's approach on copyright affairs. Read more

No link tax, says Ansip   23/11/2015 by Tom Hirche

David Meyer from POLITICO reports that the EU Commission does not plan on creating new legislation giving press publishers the right to claim licensing fees from news aggregators. Read more

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Tell the Commission and save the link!   19/11/2015 by Tom Hirche

Civil society and digital rights groups are sounding the alarm about a public consultation run by the European Commission on the role of online platforms, the result of which could be new copyright rules that would effectively shut down people’s right to freely link online. The 75,000-strong Save The Link network has created an Internet Voice Tool to send feedback to the Commission as part of their consultation. Read more

EU Commission thinks about attacking the link directly   09/11/2015 by Tom Hirche

The Blog IPKat leaked a draft communication on copyright reform from the European Commission "towards a modern, more European copyright framework". Alongside some positive approaches on how to reform the European copyright law, it contains the threat of changing the web as we know it today by directly attacking the hyperlink. Read more

Martin Schulz vs. Parliament   06/11/2015 by Tom Hirche

Martin Schulz (PES), President of the European Parliament and a trained bookseller, gave a Keynote at the Publishers' Summit this Monday in Berlin. It soon became clear that he disagrees with the majority of the Parliament in the matter of an ancillary copyright for press publishers. Read more

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GPTO rules on "tariff press publishers"   25/09/2015 by Tom Hirche

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Yesterday, the copyright arbitration board of the German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) released its ruling on the "tariff news publishers". The outcome: The tariff is inadequate, thus unlawful. The ancillary copyright for press publishers remains pointless. Read more

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Axel Springer becomes a news aggregator   02/09/2015 by Tom Hirche

Axel Springer and Samsung announced to release a news aggregating app and to pay the accruing ancillary copyright fees. Read more

Video about link censorship   20/07/2015 by Tom Hirche

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Open Media has created a clever little video that shows you why we need to save the link from censorship. Watch and share!

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Reda report adopted! Amendment rejected!   09/07/2015 by Tom Hirche

Today, the European Parliament voted on MEP Julia Reda's report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC (InfoSoc). The results were clear. Read more

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Last-minute amendment to Reda report!   08/07/2015 by Tom Hirche

The ancillary copyright for press publishers might find its way into Julia Reda's report for a progressive copyright reform. A corresponding amendment was tabled in the last minute. Read more

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Reda Report adopted!   17/06/2015 by Tom Hirche

Yesterday, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted on the Report on the Copyright Directive by MEP Julia Reda. It was adopted with a broad majority: 23 votes in favour, only 2 against (Front National) and no abstention. Read more

Surprising turn in Austria!   15/06/2015 by Tom Hirche

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Austria will not get an ancillary copyright for press publishers! At least not for now. But it is only postponed, as the Ministry of Justice confirmed. Read more

Austria about to get ancillary copyright for press publishers   03/06/2015 by Tom Hirche

Yesterday, the Austrian Ministry of Justice has published its draft amendment to the Austrian copyright law with a suspiciously short period for statements of only 10 days. Surprisingly, the draft contains an ancillary copyright for press publishers! Read more

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Save copyright reform!   03/06/2015 by Tom Hirche

On 16th June 2015, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee will vote on the report on the review of EU copyright rules. The report's author, MEP Julia Reda, calls on everybody to support her (good) work. Read more

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Discussion on "The relevance of ancillary copyrights for the European Media Diversity"   20/05/2015 by Tom Hirche

The German collecting society VG Media will have a panel discussion on "The relevance of ancillary copyrights for the European Media Diversity" on 17th June, 2015 at 11.30 a.m. Host will be the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU in Brussels. The VG Media exercises copyrights and ancillary copyrights for almost all German broadcasters and over 200 digital products of German newspaper and magazine publishers. Read more

Light and shadow – About the Commission’s strategy for the Digital Single Market   13/05/2015 by Till Kreutzer

On May 6, 2015 the EU Commission presented its much-anticipated strategy for the Digital Single Market (DSM). The communication paper has some up- but especially many downsides. Read more

Press release by OpenMedia regarding Save the Link   05/05/2015 by Tom Hirche

An international network of organizations launches campaign to safeguard the Right To Link

 

Legislators in European Parliament and Commission are considering updates to copyright proposals that would censor links for Internet users

 

May 6, 2015 –A large network of over 50 organizations from 21 countries is coming together to “Save The Link”. Today, the network is launching a multilingual international campaign aimed at pushing back against efforts by powerful media conglomerates to censor links and stifle free expression on the Internet. One of the proposals being advanced could make users personally liable for the content of websites they link to online. Read more

Oettinger seems confident   05/05/2015 by Tom Hirche

Last week, Markus Keßler from Futurezone.at interviewed EU-Commissioner Günther Oettinger. Besides geoblocking, net neutrality and data preservation, the ancillary copyright for press publishers was also a topic on the list. Read more

Save the link!   20/04/2015 by Tom Hirche

The website savethelink.org has opened its gates! Its goal is to preserve the "ability to link to your favorite content and services". Everybody is called upon to participate in this petition. Organisations supporting this initiative include IGEL, but also EDRi, Copyright for Creativity and Creative Commons. Read more

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Oettinger wants EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers   31/03/2015 by Tom Hirche

Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, had a talk with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) about his approach on reforming European copyright. Among numerous other things, Oettinger also commented on an ancillary copyright for press publishers in the EU. Read more

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EP Working Group should respect the full range of views   26/03/2015 by Tom Hirche

Last week, several signatories sent an open letter to the coordinator of the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Reform at the European Parliament Jean-Marie Cavada. It calls for an inclusion of the civil society in the process to ensure a balanced representation of views. Read more

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Other EU Committees tend to agree with Reda's report   17/02/2015 by Tom Hirche

On January 20, Julia Reda, MEP for the German Pirate Party and Vice President of the Greens/EFA group, presented the draft report evaluating 2001's EU copyright directive (InfoSoc) to the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament. Now the other committees concerned with this subject have published their views on the report. Read more

Now is the time to fix copyright!   17/02/2015 by Tom Hirche

In her article published on The Digital Post, Caroline de Cock, Coordinator of the Copyright4Creativity (C4C) Coalition, claims that now is the time to fix European copyright law. And she is right. Read more

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IGEL joins C4C   28/01/2015 by Tom Hirche

We are very excited to announce that IGEL is now a member of Copyright for Creativity (C4C). We are very happy to team up with this pan-European coalition of NGOs including  European Digital Rights (EDRi), Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)European Bureau of Library, Information, and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and many more groups and associations (see the full list of supporters here) working all together to promote a responsible and sustainable European copyright law for the digital age. Recent developments in Spain and discussions in other European Member States have raised concern that the ancillary copyright for press publishers might spread in Europe or even be introduced as a pan-European regulation. By partnering up with the C4C multi-stakeholder network we hope to raise more awareness and build a stronger resistance against such dangerous development for the digital world.

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