ECJ rules German ancillary copyright for press publishers to be ineffective!

von, 12.09.2019, 16:26 Uhr

In Germany, the ancillary copyright for press publishers came into force on 1 August 2013. Today, after just over six years, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has declared it inapplicable with retroactive effect. The reason is an error in the legislative process that was widely known.

Background of the ECJ Ruling

The ancillary copyright was supposed to give press publishers the opportunity to demand providers of search engines and news aggregators to pay licence fees when they display press articles. There was controversy over ...


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