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"Das ist jetzt ein Witz oder??"  Am 30. September 2016 - 11:30 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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Es ist immer erfreulich, wenn sich ein Politiker der öffentlichen Diskussion stellt. Gestern Abend hat EU-Digitalkommissar Günther Oettinger auf Twitter versucht, sein geplantes Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger zu verteidigen. Was er da jedoch von sich gab, lässt einen nur noch verzweifeln.

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Schwarzer Mittwoch für das Internet  Am 14. September 2016 - 16:22 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 14.09.2016 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

Heute hat EU-Digitalkommissar Günther Oettinger den Entwurf einer neuen Urheberrechtsrichtlinie offiziell vorgestellt. Dieser geht in seiner Wortwahl im Vergleich zur vor wenigen geleakten Vorabfassung sogar noch deutlich weiter - zur Freude der Rechteinhaber und zum großen Leid aller anderen.

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Bundeskartellamt erteilt VG Media nächste Abfuhr  Am 9. September 2015 - 16:42 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 09.09.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

Das Bundeskartellamt hat heute seine Entscheidung über eine Beschwerde der Verwertungsgesellschaft (VG) Media veröffentlicht. Demnach werde man kein Verfahren gegen Google im Zusammenhang mit dem Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger einleiten.

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Das neue Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverlage  Am 8. August 2013 - 12:02 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Prof. Dr. Gerald Spindler untersucht in seinem Beitrag für die Zeitschrift Wettbewerb in Recht und Praxis (WRP) den Umfang des neuen Leistungsschutzrechtes für Presseverleger, seine Ausnahmen sowie die Vereinbarkeit mit dem dt. Grundgesetz bzw. europäischen Vorgaben. Weiter

Leistungsschutzrecht: Wie geht’s jetzt weiter?  Am 7. August 2013 - 20:53 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 07.08.2013 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

Wie ist das Verhältnis zwischen Urheber- und Kartellrecht seit dem Inkrafttreten des Leistungsschutzrechtes? Welche Folgen ergeben sich für das Verhältnis zwischen Google und den Verlagen? Diesen Fragen geht Simon Assion in seinem Artikel auf Telemedicus nach. Weiter

Introduction of Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers now a "Question of Life and Death"   Am 31. August 2018 - 18:33 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Before the summer break in Brussels and Strasburg 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.

Last Tuesday, Sammy Ketz, bureau chief in Baghdad for Agence France Press (AFP), wrote the European Parliament an open letter that was subsequently published in several European news outlets (e.g. The Guardian (with a slightly different version) or Der Tagesspiegel). With a lot of pathos and dramatic reports from his work as a journalist in war zones, he turned the discussions about the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers (the link tax) into a "question of life and death".

"They simply have to pay their dues."

The central statement of the letter can be summarized as follows: while press publishers spare no expenses "to deliver a reliable, complete, trusted and diverse news service", internet platforms help themselves to these reports "without paying a cent" but which they will be supposed to do in the future thanks to the link tax. This is how Ketz describes the current situation:

It is as if a stranger came along and shamelessly snatched the fruit of your labour. It is morally and democratically unjustifiable.

Apart from fully ignoring the fact that publishers also benefit from the online platforms' services, such statements are dangerously misleading. They imply that entire articles are copied and pasted en bloc to other websites like Facebook or Google News. But this is not the case especially because this would already be illegal under current copyright regime. We are only talking about the display of short snippets to linked articles. This action does not constitute a copyright infringement and can easily be prevented by publishers with simple technical measures. 

Without a rights violation, Ketz completely misses the point when he writes that publishers are now "asking for their rights to be respected so they can carry on reporting the news". Does he have any idea what he is talking about? According to the office of MEP Julia Reda, Ketz "didn't seem to know much about the details of [the link tax] and how this new neighboring right is supposed to work" when they talked to him ahead of the release of the open letter. And to make matters worse, Ketz has been briefed by the AFP which has already lobbied for the new publishers' right in the past. This looks pretty much like Ketz had been carefully chosen as AFP's representative in order to reach MEPs solely on an emotional level and so that it can be reported about his dramatic letter subsequently. This is far from what a "trusted" news service should look like.

Support from Germany

The open letter has been co-signed by over 100 so-called "leading journalists" from 27 European countries. One of them – without disclosing it – is Caroline Fetscher who leaps to Ketz's defence in her article for the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. Coincidentally, she also does not seem to have understood what the link tax is all about. The online video platform YouTube gets labelled as a news aggregator and ancillary copyrights are described as "guidelines to copyright". Whatever that is.

She also wrongfully claims that Google had threatened German publishers to delist them from the search index. What Google had actually done was announcing that it will stop displaying the snippets to articles of certain publisher websites. This was only aimed at those publishers that had already sued Google for licence fees arising from the already existing German link tax. Andreas Mundt, president of the German Federal Cartel Office, had declared this move legal precisely because a total delisting was never on the table and Google just intended to do what publishers demanded: stopping to systematically suck editorial departments dry, as Fetscher calls it.

The revolution consumes its children

Fetscher ends her article with a reference to the high profits Google and Facebook made last year. This reveals what the call for a new right is actually all about: Somehow getting a piece of this cake. It is sadly ironic that on the (alleged) way to their goal publishers leave behind what they insist the platforms' money is needed for: high quality journalism. All articles that fight for the new publishers' right consist of a plethora of skewed and uninformed assertions while they lack profound arguments. Maybe there are none?

We are not against the link tax because we want to damage journalism and undermine the freedom of press. It is quite the opposite! We too want a strong, independent press that informs the people and exposes irregularities. The greed for the profits of US companies has blinded the publishers' eyes. They don't (want) to see the problems that are inherent in an ancillary copyright for press publishers. It is not only the private users that will have to deal with the threatening consequences but also innovative start-ups and especially smaller publishers as they heavily rely on being found via platforms and news aggregators. But this is exactly what the link tax will inevitably prevent. The hoped-for cash flow will never happen anyway.

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Google's design changes might soon end all lawsuits   Am 3. Juli 2017 - 23:18 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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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. Weiter

French MEP pushes for an ancillary copyright on snippets   Am 9. Februar 2017 - 20:59 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

Today, the Committee for Culture and Education (CULT) in the European Parliament issued a draft opinion on the DSM directive proposal. Here, the rapporteur, French MEP Marc Joulaud (conservatives, EPP), proposes bluntly the protection (i.e. monopolisation) of even the smallest parts of press publications. He tries to disguise his proposal, however, as a step towards the user’s interests. Weiter

New tariff will kill Spanish aggregators   Am 9. Februar 2017 - 9:37 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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Within the last couple of months, it has been very quiet about the Spanish link tax which aims to charge content aggregators a fee if they publish snippets of a news article. As a consequence, after this law was passed, Google News Spain, the main target of this measure, was shut down in 2014. But now the Spanish Reproduction Rights Centre (CEDRO) has initiated a new round of negotiations with several affected online services. The figures they ask for are shocking. Weiter

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Snippets not only may but will be illegal   Am 16. Januar 2017 - 8:19 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Last week, the European People's Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament held an event labelled "Hearing on Copyright". One of the speakers was Giuseppe Abbamonte, the Commission's director of media policy at the DG CONNECT, who said that we might all act illegally when we share articles, as reported by Chris Spillane from POLITICO. Weiter

Debate in the Press Club Brussels: A tale about the lies of the publisher associations and the ignorance of the EU commission   Am 11. Oktober 2016 - 17:16 Uhr von Till Kreutzer

Yesterday, I was invited to speak at a public debate in the Press Club in Brussels. Main topic was the Commission’s proposal on the ancillary copyright. What I heard was a bunch of lies and a good measure of ignorance. Weiter

"Das ist jetzt ein Witz oder??"   Am 30. September 2016 - 11:30 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Es ist immer erfreulich, wenn sich ein Politiker der öffentlichen Diskussion stellt. Gestern Abend hat EU-Digitalkommissar Günther Oettinger auf Twitter versucht, sein geplantes Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger zu verteidigen. Was er da jedoch von sich gab, lässt einen nur noch verzweifeln.

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Schwarzer Mittwoch für das Internet   Am 14. September 2016 - 16:18 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Heute hat EU-Digitalkommissar Günther Oettinger den Entwurf einer neuen Urheberrechtsrichtlinie offiziell vorgestellt. Dieser geht in seiner Wortwahl im Vergleich zur vor wenigen geleakten Vorabfassung sogar noch deutlich weiter - zur Freude der Rechteinhaber und zum großen Leid aller anderen. Weiter

VG Media leitet weiteres Gerichtsverfahren ein   Am 6. Juli 2016 - 20:25 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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Wie Golem berichtet, hat die VG Media vor dem Verwaltungsgericht München Klage eingereicht. Bei diesem Verfahren geht es um die von der VG Media vor einiger Zeit erteilte "Gratiseinwilligung". Weiter

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Verlage gehen in nächste Instanz   Am 29. Juni 2016 - 7:10 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Nach übereinstimmenden Berichten haben elf Verlagsgruppen Rechtsmittel gegen die Entscheidung des LG Berlin vom 19. Februar 2016 eingelegt. Das Gericht hatte damals den Vorwurf der Verlage zurückgewiesen, Google missbrauche seine Marktstellung, indem der Konzern von manchen Verlagen eine "Gratiseinwilligung" in die Darstellung von Snippets bei den Suchergebnissen verlange. Weiter

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GPTO rules on "tariff press publishers"   Am 25. September 2015 - 18:16 Uhr von 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. Weiter

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Bundeskartellamt erteilt VG Media nächste Abfuhr   Am 9. September 2015 - 16:41 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Das Bundeskartellamt hat heute seine Entscheidung über eine Beschwerde der Verwertungsgesellschaft (VG) Media veröffentlicht. Demnach werde man kein Verfahren gegen Google im Zusammenhang mit dem Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger einleiten. Weiter