Kategorie EU

"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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Niggemeier: Propaganda statt Journalismus  Am 28. September 2016 - 18:05 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 28.09.2016 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

EU-Digitalkommissar Günther Oettinger hat auf dem Jahreskongress des Bundesverbands Deutscher Presseverleger die Anwesenden dazu aufgefordert, gegen die Kritik ihrer Online-Redaktionen am Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger vorzugehen. Der Medienkritiker und Journalist Stefan Niggemeier findet das bestürzend, wenn kritische Journalisten auf Linie gebracht werden sollen.

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Oettinger: Bringt die Online-Redaktionen zum Schweigen!   Am 28. September 2016 - 8:43 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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EU-Digitalkommissar Günther Oettinger trat am vergangenen Montag als Redner auf dem Jahreskongress des Bundesverbands Deutscher Zeitungsverleger (BDZV) auf. Dort hat er die Verlagshäuser ausdrücklich aufgefordert, mehr Stimmung für das geplante europ. Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger zu machen.

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Oettinger seems confident  Am 5. Mai 2015 - 12:33 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 05.05.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

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.

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Oettinger gibt sich zuversichtlich  Am 5. Mai 2015 - 11:05 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 05.05.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

Vergangene Woche hat Markus Keßler von Futurezone.at am Rande des Europa Forums in Lech ein Interview mit EU-Kommissar Günther Oettinger geführt. Neben Geoblocking, Netzneutralität und Vorratsdatenspeicherung ging es auch um ein Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger.

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Oettinger wants EU-wide ancillary copyright for press publishers  Am 31. März 2015 - 20:15 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 31.03.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

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.

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Other EU Committees mostly agree with Reda's report  Am 17. Februar 2015 - 20:48 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 17.02.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

On January 20, Julia RedaMEP 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 connected to this subject have published their opinion on this report.

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Julia Reda publishes draft report for new EU copyright  Am 20. Januar 2015 - 19:28 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 20.01.2015 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

Julia Reda, MEP for the German Pirate Party and Vice President of the Greens/EFA group, has released its 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.

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European Copyright Society calls for unified European Copyright Law  Am 8. Januar 2015 - 12:39 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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In a now published letter to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, the European Copyright Society (ECS) calls for a sweeping reform of copyright.

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EU-Kommission stellt sich hinter Leistungsschutzrecht  Am 5. November 2013 - 19:40 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Publikationsdatum 01.11.2013 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

Till Kreutzer deckt in seinem Artikel für "The European" erhebliche Gemeinsamkeiten in der Argumentation der Verlage und der EU-Kommission auf. Letztere teilte im April 2013 Google mit, dass manche Geschäftspraktiken des Unternehmens die Wettbewerbsregeln der EU verletzten.

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Press release on German ancillary copyright for media publishers  Am 13. November 2012 - 9:53 Uhr von David Pachali

Publikationsdatum 12.11.2012 ~ Art des Materials: Akteure: Schlagworte: Soziales System: Lizenz: 

Das europäische Urheberrechtsbündnis ENCES (European Network for Copyright in Support of Education and Science) hat sich in einer Erklärung gegen das Presse-Leistungsschutzrecht gewandt. Es sei eine Hürde für den freien Informationsaustausch, erschwere das Auffinden und Verwenden journalistischer Informationen und drohe, auch das Indexieren und Katalogisieren in Kulturinstitutionen zu erschweren. Weiter

Rede von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel anlässlich des Zeitungskongresses des Bundesverbandes Deutscher Zeitungsverleger e.V.  Am 21. September 2011 - 9:46 Uhr von Redaktion

Auf den Seiten der Bundesregierung ist die Rede Angela Merkels beim diesjährigen BDZV-Zeitungskongress veröffentlicht. Ein Presse-Leistungsschutzrecht habe man „nicht vergessen”. Es werde vorangetrieben, möglicherweise auch europäisch. Unabhängig von seiner – in der Rede nicht weiter konkretisierten – möglichen Ausgestaltung sei es kein Allheilmittel. 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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Leistungsschutzrecht nun "eine Frage von Leben und Tod"   Am 28. August 2018 - 18:29 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Die Sommerpause ist noch nicht richtig zu Ende, da rollt schon die nächste Lobbykampagne der Presseagenturen und Verlage über die EU-Parlamentarier hinweg. Erneut versuchen sie, mit Lügen und kruden Behauptungen Stimmung für ein Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger zu erzeugen. Sachliche Argumente hingegen sucht man erneut vergeblich. Weiter

German government is intentionally stalling evaluation process to prevent evidence against publishers' right   Am 11. Juni 2018 - 17:03 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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. Weiter

Open letter: 59 organisations encourage Axel Voss to delete ancillary copyright from the DSM directive   Am 19. April 2018 - 11:29 Uhr von Tom Hirche

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. Weiter

Open Letter: 59 Organisationen fordern Axel Voss auf, das Leistungsschutzrecht aus der Urheberrechts-Richtlinie zu streichen   Am 19. April 2018 - 9:27 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Der Rechtsausschuss des Europäischen Parlaments wird in wenigen Wochen seine Stellungnahme zum EU-Kommissionsvorschlag für eine neue Urheberrechts-Richtlinie präsentieren. Der zuständige Berichterstatter MdEP Axel Voss (EVP, Deutschland) führt gerade die letzten Gespräche mit den Schattenberichterstattern der anderen Fraktionen . Zusammen mit COMMUNIA und OpenMedia/Safe-the-Link haben wir deshalb einen Open Letter verfasst, dem sich 56 weitere Organisationen angeschlossen haben. Weiter

"Wenn das Leistungsschutzrecht kommt, wäre das Internet tot."   Am 14. Januar 2018 - 18:08 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Die Nachrichtensendung "Arte Journal" hat sich vergangenen Freitag in einem prägnanten Beitrag mit den EU-Plänen für ein Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger auseinandergesetzt. Dafür wurde u.a. Dr. Till Kreutzer von IGEL interviewt. Der Beitrag ist jetzt online verfügbar. Weiter

New open letter representing a broad spectrum of stakeholders   Am 4. Dezember 2017 - 14:37 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Together with over 80 other organizations, we have co-signed an open letter to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council and the EU institutions last week to once again warn them of causing severe damage. Weiter

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Stop the censorship machine!   Am 13. März 2017 - 18:38 Uhr von Tom Hirche

Besides the introduction of an ancillary copyright for press publishers a.k.a. the link tax, the European Commission also wants internet platforms to apply automated upload filtering technologies to all of their user's content. Together with 27 other civil society organisations, we have signed an open letter addressed to the European Institutions and urge them to delete this proposal. Weiter

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