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EU copyright reform draft continues to attract criticism

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EU copyright reform draft continues to attract criticism

Center for Democracy & Technology outlined in a blog post the biggest issues that critics of the reform have highlighted: firstly, extending “neighbouring” or “ancillary” rights to apply in the case of news aggregators and search engines backfired in Spain or Germany, the two countries where it has been tried. Moreover, there have been calls from publishers themselves not to pursue ancillary rights due to their “adverse effects”.

According to Billboard, the proposal would give journalistic content a 20-year online copyright. However, the proposal is flexible with regard to the specifics of the licensing agreements, in theory giving publishers the option to license their content for free.

The Commission’s draft argues that the right would be EU-wide, and thanks to the larger scale the initiative would succeed, although the draft does not provide further support to the claim.

Secondly, for online service providers that host user generated content, the draft includes what is essentially an obligation to monitor the content through automated systems for potentially copyrighted material. The main concern is that such requirement would deter new entrants from challenging the dominant online players, who have more resources for content identification technologies.

The challenge to reform EU copyright legislation is enormous, but the need for a change is clear. For instance Mozilla has launched a campaign pushing for a reform and highlighting some of the issues of the current copyright law.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2016-09-07 13:24

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