70 MEPs want to ax publisher’s right in copyright proposal

Politico
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A group of 70 MEPs across the political spectrum want to kill the Commission’s plans to give traditional publishers more bargaining power with online news aggregators, according to amendments obtained by POLITICO.

The so-called publisher’s right is one of the most controversial parts of the Commission’s sweeping reforms to Europe’s copyright laws, released last September. Almost 1,000 amendments were submitted from MEPs by the April 12 deadline. They may be discussed at the next Legal Affairs Committee meeting May 4.

Political heavyweights like Dutch Liberals MEP Marietje Schaake; e-privacy rapporteur Marju Lauristin; the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee’s copyright rapporteur, Catherine Stihler; and German Greens MEP Julia Reda all signed the amendment against adding a publisher’s right.

In early meetings of the Council of the European Union, Sweden as well as many of the Baltic and Eastern European countries expressed skepticism about the new right, according to four EU sources with firsthand knowledge.