Fran­ce con­ti­nues to impro­ve Press Publis­hers‘ Rights

Corint Media the only non-French orga­ni­sa­ti­on asked to com­ment

Press Release
Ber­lin, 2021-12-06

Two years after the French Press Publis­hers’ Right, which is based on the EU Copy­right Direc­ti­ve, came into for­ce, publis­hers in Fran­ce are still in nego­tia­ti­ons with lar­ge digi­tal plat­forms such as Goog­le and Face­book. Most recent­ly, the French anti­trust aut­ho­ri­ty fined Goog­le of 500 mil­li­on Euros for obst­ruc­ting nego­tia­ti­ons with the press publis­hers. The French Par­lia­ment is now eva­lua­ting the effec­ti­ve­ness of Press Publis­hers‘ Rights, and it is hol­ding out the pro­spect of tigh­tening them.

Lau­rent Gar­cia, the respon­si­ble rap­por­teur for the com­mis­si­on of inqui­ry of the Assem­blée Natio­na­le:

« La Fran­ce a été le pre­mier pays de l’UE à trans­po­ser la direc­ti­ve euro­péen­ne sur le droit d’au­teur en droit natio­nal en 2019. Depuis lors, divers grou­pes numé­ri­ques ont ten­té d’empêcher la nais­sance du droit voi­sin des édi­teurs. En con­sé­quence de quoi, l’au­to­ri­té anti­trust fran­çai­se a déjà inf­li­gé une amen­de à Goog­le. Il est main­ten­ant temps d’éva­lu­er si la loi doit être durcie ou modi­fied afin que les grou­pes numé­ri­ques inter­na­tion­aux respec­tent effec­ti­ve­ment leurs obli­ga­ti­ons léga­les en Fran­ce. En rai­son de la dimen­si­on euro­péen­ne de la loi, nous som­mes bien sûr intéres­sés par la posi­ti­on de l’Al­lema­gne en géné­ral et de Corint Media en tant qu’or­ga­nisme de ges­ti­on collec­ti­ve des droits de la pres­se. »

To this end, the Assem­blée Natio­na­le — the lower house of the French par­lia­ment — has asked several mar­ket play­ers to com­ment in a com­mis­si­on of inqui­ry. The par­ti­ci­pants were asked about their eco­no­mic and legal posi­ti­ons. As the only non-French mar­ket par­ti­ci­pant, Corint Media was sent a detail­ed ques­ti­onn­aire in which both should be pre­sen­ted: the deve­lo­p­ment of the acti­vi­ties of Corint Media and the deve­lo­p­ment of Press Publis­hers‘ Rights in Ger­ma­ny.

Corint Media is ful­ly coope­ra­ting with the Assem­blée Natio­na­le and has pro­mi­sed to ans­wer the ques­ti­ons on time.

Corint Media‘s mana­ging direc­tors Chris­toph Schwennicke and Mar­kus Run­de sta­te the fol­lowing: “We wel­co­me the tigh­tening of Press Publis­hers‘ Rights in Fran­ce and are plea­sed to share our expe­ri­en­ces and assess­ments with the French par­lia­ment — after all, the size of the task and the impor­t­ance for the press allows only one Euro­pean path. In addi­ti­on, the eva­lua­ti­on of the Press Publis­hers‘ Right must be a signal for Ger­ma­ny to sup­port the press publis­hers and their dis­pu­te with domi­nant digi­tal plat­forms as well as to make the Ger­man law more enfor­ce­ab­le.”

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