Sleepwalking towards a perpetual (news?) publishers’ right in online publications

Press publisher in need of help?The IPKat has just received and is delighted to host the following reflection by Professor Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge) on the state of the debate around the proposed EU press publishers’ right.Here’s what Professor Bently (who wishes to thank Professors Jonathan Griffiths, Martin Kretschmer and Alexander Peukert) writes:“As the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council pushes for a negotiating mandate with which to enter into ‘trialogue’ with the Commission and European Parliament to agree a single text of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, it is time to take a closer look at the content of, as opposed to the justifications for, the proposed press publishers’ right.It seems the EU legislative institutions are close to adopting a press publishers’ right that accords perpetual protection to the publisher of any journal from anywhere in the world…

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