From The European Commission – Digital Single Market:
Today the European Commission is launching an open consultation as part of its work to update EU copyright rules for the digital age. It is seeking views on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain, including the possible extension to publishers of the neighbouring rights. Publishers do not currently benefit from neighbouring rights which are similar to copyright but do not reward an authors’ original creation (a work). They reward either the performance of a work (e.g. by a musician, a singer, an actor) or an organisational or financial effort (for example by a producer) which may also include a participation in the creative process. The Commission is also consulting on the panorama exception, which concerns the use made of images depicting buildings, sculptures and monuments located permanently in public places.
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An independent and pluralistic publishing sector is important for our society, cultural diversity and democratic participation. This part of the consultation therefore aims at gathering views as to the challenges (if any) faced by publishers of press and other print products in the digital environment as a result of the current copyright legal framework. It asks about the impact that a possible change in EU law to grant publishers a new neighbouring right would have on them and on the whole publishing value chain. The Commission also wants to gather views as to whether the need (or not) for intervention is different in the press as compared to other publishing sectors and which significance such an intervention would have for the future of the sector.
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Neighbouring rights are rights similar to copyright but that do not reward an authors’ original creation (a work). They reward either the performance of a work (e.g. by a musician, a singer, an actor) or an organisational or financial effort (for example by a producer) which may also include participation in the creative process. Current EU copyright law grants neighbouring rights to performers, film producers, record producers and broadcasting organisations. Publishers are not among the neighbouring right holders at European level.
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