Corint Media enters into licence agree­ment with UPDAY

Corint Media has entered into a licence agree­ment with UPDAY. News aggre­ga­tor UPDAY will pay up to 11 per cent of its rel­e­vant rev­enues for use of press con­tent in accor­dance with the new law regrad­ing ancil­lary rights for press pub­lish­ers. Corint Media’s Man­ag­ing Direc­tors say that this is a for­ward-look­ing agree­ment and a pre­lude to licence nego­ti­a­tions with oth­er plat­forms.

Press Release
Berlin, 2021-06-10

Corint Media is the first com­pa­ny of its kind to have signed a licence agree­ment with Europe’s largest news app UPDAY to cov­er the rights of the press pub­lish­ers rep­re­sent­ed by Corint Media under the new law regard­ing ancil­lary rights for press pub­lish­ers.

The new law, recent­ly adopt­ed by the Ger­man leg­is­la­ture and based on the EU Copy­right Direc­tive, enters into force today.

Depend­ing on the scope of ancil­lary rights for press pub­lish­ers rep­re­sent­ed by Corint Media, UPDAY will pay up to 11 per cent of its rel­e­vant rev­enues in remu­ner­a­tion for the use of rights. UPDAY has already made roy­al­ty pay­ments to Corint Media (then VG Media) under the for­mer law cov­er­ing ancil­lary rights for press pub­lish­ers, which was declared invalid by the ECJ in 2019.

For Corint Media’s man­ag­ing direc­tors Markus Runde and Christoph Schwennicke, this agree­ment is for­ward-look­ing and a pre­lude to fur­ther licence nego­ti­a­tions with plat­forms that use dig­i­tal press prod­ucts, such as Google: “There has been a long strug­gle for a strong, enforce­able law cov­er­ing ancil­lary rights for press pub­lish­ers. Now it has been passed and UPDAY can make use of it in a legal­ly secure man­ner. Corint Media and the press pub­lish­ers it rep­re­sents will receive appro­pri­ate pay­ments. We will enter into nego­ti­a­tions with oth­er users to cov­er the pay­ment of rea­son­able remu­ner­a­tion for the use of dig­i­tal pub­lish­ing con­tent.

In our view, enter­ing into con­tracts accord­ing to the exist­ing struc­ture of Google News Show­case is not a viable way to achieve sus­tain­able and appro­pri­ate remu­ner­a­tion for pub­lish­ers. In response to the com­plaint we made, the Ger­man Fed­er­al Car­tel Office ini­ti­at­ed pro­ceed­ings last week against Alpha­bet Inc., Moun­tain View, USA, and its affil­i­ates (“Google”). To achieve appro­pri­ate remu­ner­a­tion per­ma­nent­ly and sus­tain­ably for the use of con­tent as well as non-dis­crim­i­na­to­ry plat­form access, joint enforce­ment is required. The more righthold­ers have their claims enforced by Corint Media, the larg­er the sum that Google and oth­er plat­forms will have to pay. At the same time, the risk of sub­sti­tu­tion by Google for each pub­lish­er and its press prod­uct decreas­es.”

Corint Media, based in Berlin, is a Euro­pean com­pa­ny in the pri­vate media indus­try. It man­ages the copy­rights and ancil­lary rights of almost all Ger­man and sev­er­al international pri­vate tele­vi­sion and radio sta­tions as well as of numer­ous press pub­lish­ers.

Media com­pa­nies rep­re­sent­ed by Corint Media include TVs­ta­tions such as Sat.1, ProSieben, RTL, WELT, SPORT1, CNBC, Eurosport, VOX, MTV and CNN, radio sta­tions such as ANTENNE BAYERN, radio ffn, Klas­sik Radio, Radio Ham­burg, HitRa­dio-FFH, RPR1 and RTL RADIO, and press pub­lish­ers such as Axel Springer, DuMont Medi­en­gruppe, Ver­lags­ge­sellschaft Mad­sack, Augs­burg­er All­ge­meine, Aschen­dorff Medi­en­gruppe, Rheinis­che Post Medi­en­gruppe and Münch­en­er Zeitungs-Ver­lag.

Corint Media is one of 13 col­lect­ing man­age­ment organ­i­sa­tions autho­rised in Ger­many and is under the super­vi­sion of the Ger­man Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA).

UPDAY oper­ates in 34 Euro­pean coun­tries with a total reach of more than 25 mil­lion users per month. The news ser­vice is the result of a strate­gic part­ner­ship between Axel Springer and Sam­sung to devel­op new dig­i­tal media for­mats for users in Europe. The com­pa­ny com­bines a learn­ing algo­rithm with local edi­to­r­i­al teams to give users the con­tent they both need to know (“Top News”) and want to know (“My News”).

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