Copyright in the Digital Age

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●     Filesharing highlights collision of free speech and copyright

●     Introduction to Collective Licensing seminars

●     Brexit and the realpolitik of trade agreements

●     Three post graduate bursaries in copyright

●     Orphan Works Database given user approval

●     Seven-year-olds given copyright lessons to curb online piracy

●     Why Europe’s New Copyright Proposals Are Bad News for the Internet

●     ‘EU copyright legislation will not change in UK after Brexit’ argues Kaye

●     EU copyright reform proposals “sensible” say publishers

●     Publishers stress importance of Robust Copyright Regime Post Brexit

●     Congratulations to Dr. Aislinn O’Connell

●     Fit for Change? Copyright for Publishers in the Digital Age – Abstract/Intro

●     Copyright thesis – Chapter 1 Literature Review

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 2 – A Historical investigation of copyright

●     Copyright Thesis Chapter 3 – Legal Investigation

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 4 – Blocking initiatives

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 5 – Copyright and the UK Economy

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 6 – The Hargreaves Exceptions

●     Copyright thesis Chapter 7 – Alternative approaches

●     Copyright thesis – Conclusions

●     Index, List of Abbreviations, Tables of Cases & Legislation, Bibliography, Appendices 1&2

●     World Book and Copyright Day

●     EU’s new action plan for copyright and digital platforms

●     Google News Leaves Spain

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●     Copyright Briefing – July 14

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●     An Employment Focus on the Creative Industries

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●     Exceptions Update

●     LBF14 – Day 2

●     LBF14 – Day 1

●     New Director for Copyright and Enforcement Speaks

●     Copyright and the Future of Global Content Industries

●     Commons Committee warns against diluting IP rights

●     CLSG Launch Report: Streamlining Copyright Licensing for the Digital Age

●     IPso FACTo debate at Stationers Company

●     Publishers Launch Global Exchange on Copyright

●     Funding given to kick-start Copyright Hub

●     IPO thoughts on copyright and the economic effects of parody

●     Modernising copyright – February 2013

●     Stationers and UCL in joint copyright research initiative for communications and content industries

●     Government publishes proposals for changes to UK copyright

●     Stationers offer bursary to copyright research student

●     Hooper recommends UK Copyright Hub

●     Copyright adds extra £3 billion to national accounts

●     Hargreaves warned on damaging UK creative industries

Keen copyright enthusiasts might be familiar with the German “Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverlege” (LSR) or, as it’s more commonly known (and easily pronounced) Lex Google. This legislation grants news agencies rights over commercial exploitation of their work for one year, including even small ‘snippets’ of work.
The aim of the legislation was to allow news agencies to recoup some of the losses made after the advent of the internet.
In practice, though, Google News became opt-in, and many German news agencies waived their ancillary right, meaning that Google News could continue.

A similar right is due to be introduced in Spain on January 1, 2015. Spain’s IP reform was passed a few weeks ago, and will come into effect on the first of the new year.
Although the Spanish ancillary right is similar in principle to the German Lex Google, one critical difference is that the right cannot be waived.
As the IPKat points out, the new Intellectual Property law states that the right is “irrenunciable y se hará efectivo a través de las entidades de gestión de los derechos de propiedad intelectual” (Article 32 of the Ley de Propiedad Intelectual, as amended).

In response to this, Google published an announcement today that, as of December 16th 2014, they will remove all Spanish news providers from Google News, and close Google News Spain.

This development is certainly an interesting one, and it remains to be seen if it will spread further than these two isolated European incidences.

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