The European Commission's Public Consultation on the Role of Publishers in the Copyright Value Chain: A Response by the European Copyright Society
European Intellectual Property Review (E.I.P.R.), Vol. 38(10), pp.591-595, 2016
8 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2016
Date Written: June 15, 2016
The European Commission consulted between 23 March and 15 June 2016 on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain. This response by the European Copyright Society (1) analyses why an intervention creating a new neighbouring right for publishers is being considered in the wake of recent decisions by the CJEU in Reprobel (2015), and the German BGH (2016) in Verlegeranteil; (2) examines the rationale for neighbouring rights; (3) advises against double layering of rights; (4) assesses the implications of a neighbouring right for publishers for "open access" policies; and (5) identifies regulatory design flaws in the introduction of an ancillary right for press publishers in Germany (2013) and Spain (2014). In conclusion, it is argued that value generation in itself is not a good case for intellectual property protection, and that the onus of proof needs to lie with the proponents of a new right. They need to show what the costs are, who will carry them, and that the costs are necessary and proportionate; and to provide verifiable evidence.
Keywords: Copyright, Neighbouring Right, Ancillary Right, Publishers, Press, EU Law
JEL Classification: K00
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