On 11 July, the European Parliament’s Culture (CULT) and Industry & Research (ITRE) committees voted on the proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. By supporting the press publisher’s right provision, the committees acknowledge the importance of a sustainable, free and independent press in Europe.
News Media Europe reemphasizes to the other Committees scheduled to vote (respectively, the Civil liberties (LIBE) and Legal Affairs (JURI)) that a neighbouring right for press publishers is crucial for the sustainability of the news media sector. Such a right addresses the asymmetry in bargaining power between the internet platforms and the press publishers in such a way that publishers can seek fair remuneration for the commercial use of their content by the internet platforms.
Wout van Wijk, Executive Director of News Media Europe, said: “A neighbouring right for press publishers will ensure that European citizens continue to have access to a free, diverse and financially independent quality press.”
About News Media Europe:
News Media Europe (NME) represents the progressive news media industry in Europe – over 2200 European newsbrands of newspapers, radio, tv and internet. NME is committed to maintaining and promoting the freedom of the press, to upholding and enhancing the freedom to publish, and to championing the newsbrands which are one of the most vital parts of Europe’s creative industries.