[A2k] French publishers want share in revenues for re-use of their content

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Thu Sep 6 07:18:38 PDT 2012


French publishers want share in revenues for re-use of their content
Author: Future of Copyright - 06-09-2012

French publishers, such as the French National Magazine Publishers’
Society (SEPM), want to renew the copyright discussion in France,
after the German Government supported a draft law to extents copyright
protection to fragments of news articles. If the draft is converted to
law, search engines, such as Google News, would have to compensate
publishers for the republishing of titles and first paragraphs.

Last year, French publishers proposed a law, introducing measures to
collect part of the advertisement revenues earned by search engines,
as compensation for creators. Although this proposal failed, the
recent developments in Germany have created an opening for French news
publishers to renew the debate on French copyright law and
compensations thereof.

Following the German developments, the French publishers now seek to
find compensation through a share in the advertisement revenues news
search engines earn by displaying adds alongside news snippets, which
is much the same as in the German proposal. The German proposal aims
for the introduction of neighbouring rights for publishers, in case
their content is re-used for commercial purposes.

Guillaume Frappat, head of economic and digital affairs at SEPM, says
he doesn’t want to break the balance between copyright and innovation,
but also points out that the core of the digital world still relies on
content. Although Google did not yet reply to these recent French
developments, Google spokesman Kay Oberback thinks the German draft
law is "a threat to the freedom of information," and will result in
massive damage to the German economy if accepted. Nonetheless, this
development is a great example of how a public debate in one country,
can influence the debate in another.

Future of Copyright has followed the developments in Germany and will
monitor the progress of this debate in France. Previous articles can
be found here:

German publishers continue lobby for copyright for all commercial use
of their content
German government to introduce copyright fee on aggregated content use
Google Books reaches agreement with French publishers

James Love.  Knowledge Ecology International
http://www.keionline.org, +1.202.332.2670, US Mobile: +1.202.361.3040,
Geneva Mobile: +41.76.413.6584, efax: +1.888.245.3140.

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