News media lobbies Merkel, Macron on copyright reform

phys.org | 1/31/2019 | Staff
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European news media associations wrote to French President Emmanuel Macron (L, pictured January 22, 2019) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying a failure to reach an agreement would "jeopardise the whole EU copyright reform"

European news media associations wrote to French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday to push for action on online copyright reform.

European - Parliament - Measure - Platforms - Rights

The European Parliament has voted for a measure that would require online platforms to pay "neighbouring rights" fees to media for links to and short excerpts of news stories.

News organisations, including AFP, had pushed for the measure, arguing that giants like Facebook and Google make billions in revenue from advertising tied to news stories, while publishers' suffer.

Draft - Law - Negotiations - EU - Member

However, the draft law is now held up in negotiations with EU member states, notably because of a disagreement between France and Germany over a different measure in the text.

In their open letter, the European Alliance of News Agencies, European Federation of Journalists, European Magazine Media Association, European Newspaper Publishers' Association, European Publishers Council, News Media Coalition and News Media Europe expressed concern.

Negotiations - Juncture - Failure - Germany - France

"The negotiations have reached a critical juncture and we are deeply concerned that a failure by Germany and France to reach an agreement in the coming days would jeopardise the whole EU copyright reform," they told the leaders.

"We respectfully urge you to take action now and to reach a timely agreement on the copyright directive in order not to put at risk a reform...
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