La Quadrature du Net wants less neighbouring rights  03/06/2016 by Tom Hirche

The NGO La Quadrature du Net that promotes digital rights and freedoms of citizens has positioned itself clearly against a new "publisher's right" the EU Commission is suggesting in its still ongoing consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain and on the 'panorama exception'.

The organisation points out that a neighbouring right for publishers "is an ineffective means to protect against the rights of content creators". Rather, such a right "could very well further weaken the position of authors" making it even harder for them to exercise their rights. Consumers either would have to pay more or authors would collect less royalties. The freedom of access to information would be hindered, thus having negative implications for education and research.

There is till time left to answer the Commission's consultation. Everybody should take the few minutes in only takes to help protect the Net and the freedom to link. If you need help with that, La Quadrature du Net has published its answer to the consultation.

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