In case you missed it (which you haven’t because you read all our blogs), last month the European Parliament’s Policy Department published a study commissioned by the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee, on the implications of Article 11 of the Copyright Directive.
The study concluded that many of the problems that press publishers are facing can be solved by a less controversial solution! In particular, the authors call to abandon of the press publishers’ right in favour of a presumption that press publishers are entitled to copyright/use rights in the contents of their publications.
Have you ever thought how publishers and journalists feel about this proposed new right? We have gone through the 42 pages of the study and compiled 11 quotes that reflect how publishers and journalists perceive this right.
Oh, and by the way, you will probably be wondering why nearly all the quotes of the study were left unsigned?! Unfortunately this is the reflection of the immense lobby efforts being carried out by traditional publishers’. The amount of pressure has been such, that smaller online publishers that wish to speak up against them, are forced to stay on the low to avoid a backlash. Talking about free speech…