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European press associations welcome the proposed EU copyright reform

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European press associations welcome the proposed EU copyright reform

The organisations were specifically pleased that the proposed package includes a “publishers’ right”, which recognises publishers as rightsholders in EU copyright law.

This grants publishers the kind of legal protection that broadcasters, film and music industries have with regard to republishing their content, specifically addressing the issue of third parties that republish samples of news publishers’ articles.

The organisations said that the Commission’s copyright proposal acknowledges that press publishers need sufficient return on their investment in professional journalism, “in particular in the context of third parties’ commercial use of their products”. Furthermore, introducing an EU-level publisher’s right is an important step in “guaranteeing media pluralism as an essential basis for freedom of opinion and democracy in the digital world”.

Earlier the German press associations welcomed the proposed copyright reform.

Read more about “publishers’ rights” on the organisations’ website dedicated to the issue.

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2016-09-15 15:39

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