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Rights on news: expanding copyright on the internet

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  • Tue 18 Feb 2020 13.30 - 15.30
  Add to Calendar 2020-02-18 13:30 2020-02-18 15:30 Europe/Paris Rights on news: expanding copyright on the internet

The internet and digital technologies have irreversibly changed the way we find and consume

news. Legacy news organisations, publishers of newspapers, have moved to the internet. In

the online news environment, however, they are no longer the exclusive suppliers of news.

New digital intermediaries have emerged, search engines and news aggregators in particular.

They select and display links and fragments of press publishers’ content as a part of their

services, without seeking the news organisations’ prior consent. To shield themselves from

exploitation by digital intermediaries, press publishers have begun to seek legal protection,

and called for the introduction of a new right under the umbrella of copyright and related

rights. Following these calls, the press publishers’ right was introduced into the EU copyright

framework by the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market in 2019.

The purpose of this thesis is to explore how the extension of entitlements on news and press

online influences the EU copyright framework. In essence, the thesis asks whether a new

related right of producers of press publications is coherent with the EU copyright framework.

It enquires into the motives behind the introduction of the new right, and whether copyright

and related rights are a fitting tool to address the issue of compensation of press publishers for

online uses of their content. The thesis examines the relationship between copyright and the

press publishers’ right in different regards. It compares the object of protection of the two

rights, namely press publication and copyrightable works, on the one hand, and the scope of

protection, the exclusive entitlements of copyright holders and press publishers’ right holders,

on the other. Finally, it explores whether the press publishers’ right overcomes the

uncertainties in the press publishers’ legal standing, or rather creates additional uncertainty

by introducing a new right which overlaps with copyright.

Sala degli Stemmi - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala degli Stemmi - Villa Salviati- Castle

The internet and digital technologies have irreversibly changed the way we find and consume

news. Legacy news organisations, publishers of newspapers, have moved to the internet. In

the online news environment, however, they are no longer the exclusive suppliers of news.

New digital intermediaries have emerged, search engines and news aggregators in particular.

They select and display links and fragments of press publishers’ content as a part of their

services, without seeking the news organisations’ prior consent. To shield themselves from

exploitation by digital intermediaries, press publishers have begun to seek legal protection,

and called for the introduction of a new right under the umbrella of copyright and related

rights. Following these calls, the press publishers’ right was introduced into the EU copyright

framework by the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market in 2019.

The purpose of this thesis is to explore how the extension of entitlements on news and press

online influences the EU copyright framework. In essence, the thesis asks whether a new

related right of producers of press publications is coherent with the EU copyright framework.

It enquires into the motives behind the introduction of the new right, and whether copyright

and related rights are a fitting tool to address the issue of compensation of press publishers for

online uses of their content. The thesis examines the relationship between copyright and the

press publishers’ right in different regards. It compares the object of protection of the two

rights, namely press publication and copyrightable works, on the one hand, and the scope of

protection, the exclusive entitlements of copyright holders and press publishers’ right holders,

on the other. Finally, it explores whether the press publishers’ right overcomes the

uncertainties in the press publishers’ legal standing, or rather creates additional uncertainty

by introducing a new right which overlaps with copyright.


Location:
Sala degli Stemmi - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Department of Law

Type:
Thesis defence

Contact:
Claudia de Concini (EUI - Law) - Send a mail

Defendant:
Urszula Furgal (EUI - Law Department)

Examiner:
Prof. Pier Luigi Parcu
Prof. Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge)
Prof. Christophe Geiger (University of Strasbourg)

Supervisor:
Prof. Giovanni Sartor (EUI - Law Department)

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