|Adding layer after layer: |
always a good idea?
Ancillary rights over news content
In 2013 Germany adopted new provisions in its Copyright Act (sections 87f, 87g and 87h) that provide for the exclusive right of press publishers to exploit their contents commercially for one year, thus preventing search engines and news aggregators from displaying non-irrelevant excerpts from newspaper articles without paying a fee.
As explained here, the German initiative was aimed at recouping some of the revenues that traditional news publishers have lost to the web. The underlying idea was that news aggregators like Google News would not really boost visits to newspaper websites, but rather have a substitution effect.
|Automatic reaction about|
automatic assignment of rights
|Is making things harder |
to find a real possibility?
It should be clear by now (just think of music and film ...), that making content more difficult to find has hardly done any good to copyright owners and their interests.
À bientôt for further developments ...