Today, 11 February, we the Coallition of Innovative Media Publishers together with 41 small and medium sized publishers, media companies and digital native outlets, renewed our call to policymakers to introduce the appropriate safguards needed to ensure that all-sized media publishers can continue to co-exist in the EU.
In an open letter sent to the Romanian Presidency, European Commission and MEPs ahead of today’s trilogue negotiations, we call on policy makers to 1) explicitly refer in Recital 43b to the exclusive nature of the publishers’ right and to the ability of press publishers to license their content for free and, (2) to exclude insubstantial parts of press publication to be excluded.
Last week’s COREPER meeting revealed that Member States are strongly divided on the final text of Article 11 of the Copyright Directive with Sweden, Slovakia, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Luxembourg, Denmark, Czech Republic and Finland all rejecting the Presidency’s mandate. As time is running short, we believe it is imperative that European institutions strike a fair balance that also reflects the needs of small and local publishers in order to adopt a copyright reform fit for the digital age before EP elections.
More specifically, we call on policymakers to take into consideration the following actions:
I. Waivability of a neighbouring’s right
II. Instubstantial parts of a press publication to be excluded
Read our open letter here.
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