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Julia Reda publishes draft report for new EU copyright law   20/01/2015 by Tom Hirche

Julia Reda, MEP for the German Pirate Party and Vice President of the Greens/EFA group, has released the draft report evaluating 2001's EU copyright directive (InfoSoc). She is a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the EU Parliament and was elected rapporteur on this particular issue in May. Read more

European Copyright Society calls for unified European Copyright Law   08/01/2015 by Tom Hirche

In an open letter to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, the European Copyright Society (ECS) calls for a sweeping reform of copyright law. Read more

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Spanish publishers want Google back and ask for help   19/12/2014 by Tom Hirche

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The Spanish Association of Daily Newspaper Publishers (AEDE) was the driving force behind the new copyright law that forces every news service to pay a royalty for showing snippets of articles. It will come into effect on 1st January 2015. Google reacted quickly and shut down Google News Spain on 16th December 2014. Now the same lobbyists want Google to come back and ask for help. Read more

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IGEL supports European publishers by opposing the ancillary copyright for press publishers   11/12/2014 by Till Kreutzer

As of today, associations of Polish, French, Spanish and Italian publishers dispatched an open letter to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. In the letter, the publishers express their “concerns with the recent developments in Spanish law, which directly target the sharing, linking and aggregation of content online with a new form of ‘ancillary right' triggering mandatory payments. IGEL, the Initiative against an ancillary copyright law for press publishers, supported that letter and acted as a signatory. Read more

Computer & Communications Industry Association joins IGEL   27/09/2012 by Tom Hirche

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International trade group Computer & Communications Industry Association has joined IGEL in order to stop the proposed neighbouring right for press publishers ('Leistungsschutzrecht'). James Waterworth, Head of CCIA's Brussels office, sent us the following statement: Read more