Google News Is Shutting Down in Spain – A Bad Day For Citizens, Online Innovation and Publishers Themselves

Today we learnt that Google will shut down its ‘Google News’ service this year in Spain. This is just one consequence of the introduction in Spain of an ancillary copyright levy (known as the ‘AEDE levy’) affecting online services (apps and websites). In a nutshell, if an online service uses short snippets to link to…

“Sky is Rising” Entertainment Industry Economic Report Shows More Creative Output, Opportunities For Creators

Washington – A new report finds online services and tools for distribution are fueling more creative opportunities and content than ever before. The Computer & Communications Industry Association released a study it commissioned, “The Sky is Rising,” co-authored by Mike Masnick, who writes about technology policy for Techdirt and is founder and CEO of Floor…

Goethe’s Ghost: A Few German Publishers Claim Online Services Have No Choice But to Show a Short Extract… And Pay For It

Can you infringe someone’s right by not infringing it? According to some German press publishers, this is precisely the case after Google’s announcement that it will no longer display snippets and thumbnails from content owned by publishers who are represented by VG Media, a collecting society. This follows the introduction of the Leistungsschutzrecht by the…

The White Paper on Copyright: Setting an Industrial Policy for Europe?

Achieving a modern copyright regime that is apt for a digitally connected continent requires a strategic vision. The leak of the European Commission’s White Paper on copyright policy which appeared this week has a strategic vision – unfortunately, one which seems to see copyright as an instrument of industrial policy designed “to ensure a balanced…

Supreme Court Reverses Copyright Case With Broad Implications For Internet Users

Washington – The Supreme Court has reversed a case brought by the TV broadcast industry against an innovative Internet startup, Aereo. The case could have broad implications for Internet users’ cloud services from email to legal movie storage. Many companies rely on the legal underpinnings of the case involving Aereo, which provides dime-sized antennas for…