[A2k] Initiative against ancillary copyright (special rights on top of copyright for publishers)

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Wed May 13 07:54:49 PDT 2015

IGEL, an Initiative against an ancillary copyright, has launched a English
website today (www.ancillarycopyright.eu).

It includes information about the ancillary copyright, the EU copyright
reform and other related aspects. For the launch, Dr. Till Kreutzer
kreutzer has written a commentary about the Commission's Digital Single
Market strategy (

According to wikipedia (

The so-called ancillary copyright for press publishers[1] (German:
Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger) is a proposal incorporated in a
2012 draft of legislation proposed by the ruling coalition of the German
government, led by Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU),
to extend publishers' copyrights. The bill was agreed by the Cabinet at the
end of August 2012 and submitted to parliament on 14 November 2012. It was
passed by the Bundestag on 1 March 2013 by 293 to 243, following
substantial changes in the week before the vote. In its original form, it
would have included even short snippets of news made available by news
aggregators and web search engines.[2] The fees would be collected by a
central clearinghouse.[3] In its original form, the intended effect would
have been to force Google, a leading search engine, to pay publishers fees
for display of news search results, causing the bill to be dubbed a "Google
tax" by some.[4] It was agreed between the coalition parties, the CDU and
the FDP in their coalition agreement for the seventeenth session of the
German Bundestag.

It passed in the Bundesrat March 22, 2013, was published in the
Bundesgesetzblatt May 14, and is to come apply from August 1, 2013 onwards.

Manon Ress, Ph.D.
Knowledge Ecology International, KEI
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