Parliament Member Kauder Sheds Doubt on Online Copyright Law Set to Vote Reports EBS Marketing
Vote set on whether Google and Facebook should pay for news snippets
The doubts were raised by Siegfried Kauder, who sits as a member of the country's Parliament for the German CDU party, and is head of legal affairs committee that is readying the law to be submitted before the German Parliament.
Following a committee meeting at the start of the year, lawyers, professors, as well as representatives of the publishing industry (save for members of companies such as Google, Facebook or other tech companies) discussed important questions that pertain to the matter.
The proposed legislation could be in conflict with freedom of information, according to Kauder, which is a fundamental right under German law. The law could simultaneously be in conflict with the right to freedom of expression, according to Kauder.
It is unclear to Kauder why the law should apply solely to the publishers, and not to other information providers. He stated that the proposed law ought to be presented in Brussels so that various EU countries can comment on it.
Kauder also stated that there are some technical mechanisms that already prevent search engines from accessing and republishing particles of articles; thus, seeking more information about the use of publishers need a law to protect their copyright cases must be laid out in a proper argument.
The law does appear likely to pass in a vote in Parliament next week; however, Krauder's doubts have led to a disagreement regarding the law within the coalition itself. It is now an uncertainty if the bill will be put into the parliamentary agenda.
"They might not even be able to succeed this election period," he said. The vote would have to be held before June, according to Scholtz. Parliamentary elections will be held in September. - See more at:
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