EU politician: European Commission intends to apply copyright rules on linking




The European Commission wants to link dropping next year under copyright rules, claims a German member of the European Parliament. In a document to which it refers is that the Commission clearly define exactly what counts as new disclosure and what is not.

According to Julia Reda, on behalf of the German variant of the Pirate Party is in the European Parliament, the plans can as set forth in the document, only mean that the European Commission will propose linking to copyrighted content equivalent to a new publication. This would link to publicly accessible information copyrighted need permission from copyright holders. That would mean that Google News for example, not allowed without permission to refer to articles that newspapers themselves have put online.

The passage which relies Reda is a document which IPKat last week online continued, in which the European Commission sets out what issues they will deal next year. According to Reda, the Commission sets the document into its final shape in a month online. The document states that the Commission will look at the copyright laws. ‘Examine in this context the Commission will consider whether action is needed for the definition of a communication to the public and making available. ” With that communication to the public, the Commission is referring to new disclosures requiring consent. “The Commission will take into account the various factors beyond copyright which affect this situation, to ensure consistent and effective policy.”

The Commission itself has not yet responded to the issue. It is unknown what the consequences would be if the European Commission is indeed provide that link to copyrighted material as new disclosure requirements, and what form it will be maintained.

It appeared online document is a new step in the continuing debate about the application of copyright on the Internet. Commissioner Oettinger said earlier that companies like Google would have to pay a copyright fee.


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