Belgian news media: rapid response from copycat websites need




Websites that copying articles from newspapers and magazines, must be addressed quickly. Want Belgian publishers of magazines and newspapers. Now it may take years before a website can be addressed.

Three Belgian interest from publishers argue for ‘faster legal procuderes’ to end copyright infringements writes one of the three organizations, Flemish New Media. These are some great Flemish media member, including De Persgroep, the publisher of Tweakers. “Now it can take years before a site is being addressed,” said a spokeswoman for the New Flemish Media. “In some countries, such as Germany, which could in 48 hours.”

The Belgian newspaper De Morgen writes that the media advocate that websites that copy immediately be shut down by their hosting provider but according to the spokeswoman did not arise. “It is unfortunate that De Morgen writes that, because we do not want. What we do advocate is that providers can be forced to hand over those who breach the contact of last resort”, she says. That the media are calling for a “tax write about,” as De Morgen writes, it is misleading. “We want websites that take paying licenses. Messages that system existed for years.”

According to Belgian media, 11 percent of the articles from printed newspapers and 39 percent of the articles on newspaper sites in a different location, appears without a license has been closed. Many sites would also be guilty of the “rewriting articles without the creative input of the rewriter ‘, which would annually media cost between 1 and 10 million.

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