European Journalists Point Out That Article 11 Will Enrich Publishers At The Expense Of Journalists
from the this-is-not-helping dept
Promoters of the EU destructive copyright directive keep pushing the bogus line that it is necessary to give money to “artists and journalists.” Take, for example, MEP Axel Voss (the EU Parliament member in charge of all of this nonsense) and his press release touting the final text:
Internet platforms face incentives to pay for artists and journalists? work used
Except, actual journalists in the EU are realizing exactly what many of us have been talking about for months: nothing in the Directive will lead to more money for journalists. Instead, at best, it might lead to more money for publishers (though, even that is suspect, given the utter failure of similar plans already in place in Spain and Germany). While Voss’s announcement claims that “Journalists must get a share of any copyright-related revenue obtained by their publishing house,” journalists are pointing out that the opposite is actually true.
The International Federation of Journalists, along with the European Federations of Journalists put out a statement noting that Article 11 “makes a mockery” of their rights and will only serve to help publishers strip the journalists of their own rights:
While the directive acknowledges an obligation for journalists and all authors of the works incorporated in a press publication to receive an “appropriate share” of the revenues press publishers receive for the use of their publications online, it enables publishers to avoid such requirements by relying on existing “contractual arrangements” and “laws on ownership”.
Such moves could deny journalists any revenue arising from the re-use of their work online.
These discriminatory provisions and proposals contained in Article 11 and Recital 35 of the text dash any hopes that the Directive would support authors in the press sector in obtaining fair and proportionate remuneration for their work under this law or in future national legislation.
Instead they boost the system whereby powerful publishers force employed journalists and freelancers alike to sign contracts giving up all their rights ? thereby offering them a proportionate or appropriate share of nothing
In short, the final text pays lip service to the idea that publishers should pass on money to journalists, but also provides a massive loophole in that all the publishers need to do is write this requirement out of any contract and not have to worry about it.
It appears that this kind of tactic is found throughout Articles 11 and 13. The text says you don’t have to use filters, but provides no workable alternative. The text says that memes are allowed, but never explains how a site can comply with the law without blocking all memes. The text of the directive basically pays lip service to all the complaints and obvious consequences, but rather than deal with the consequences, it just says “and don’t let those consequences happen.” This is no way to make policy.