Europe’s news and magazine publishers, including NMC member the EPC, have stated their approval of Members of the European Parliament voting to support a free, independent press in a crucial vote on Copyright.
Voting on the EU Copyright Reform, MEPs in the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee voted in favour of a Publisher’s neighbouring Right that will give publishers the legal tools they need to make copyright work online as it does offline.
In the statement released by Europe’s news and magazine publishers, a spokesman said: “We applaud the rapporteur, Axel Voss, MEP, for his staunch support of our independent, free press and for pressing ahead with a proposal for a right that, if adopted, will amount to a victory for fairness, and formal recognition that commercially freeriding on others’ efforts and investments is unacceptable. The Internet is only as useful as the content that populates it. This Publisher’s neighbouring Right will be key to encouraging further investment in professional, diverse, fact-checked content for the enrichment and enjoyment of everyone, everywhere.”
This proposal addressed amongst the several other topics close to the NMC including the ‘value gap’ and ‘Sports IP’. Regarding ‘Sports IP’, the NMC regrets the result and more detail can be found here.