EU wants to hear you – #SaveTheLink and Freedom of Panorama

23 March 2016

Remember how a few months ago we all talked about Freedom of Panorama? And how the very essence of the internet is at stake in some territories and we’re trying to #SaveTheLink?

Well, the European Commission is now holding a public consultation on neighbouring rights and panorama exception in the EU copyright.

Complicated much? Not really. Basically, you’ll have your say on your right to take pictures to works of art in public places, such as the Eiffel Tower, London Eye or Edinburgh’s Castle.

As for the neighbouring rights, these are extra rights for publishers over published works. As MEP Julia Reda explains in her blog, “after attempts at forcing Google News to pay newspapers for linking to their websites backfired in Germany and Spain, publishers have doubled down: The idea of an “ancillary copyright” is back in a broader and badder version. Should publishers get extra control over how content is linked to and displayed on the web?”

The consultation is part of the current EU strategy for a Digital Single Market and it is now open to every sectors of society. You have until June 11th to fill it and share it.

Have Your Say!

.: Photo by Kham Tram :. CC BY-SA