Response to the UK IPO’s call for views on the Proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
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From Copyright for Knowledge: "Whilst we understand the intention of this measure in the draft Directive in terms of supporting a diversity of press publications within the European Union, it is not clear to Copyright for Knowledge that an ancillary right for press publications is either necessary or advantageous. We fear that it may result in an unnecessary complication of the overall rights landscape. At the same time we welcome the fact that Article 11 contains wording which appears to protect the rights of authors in relation to the new right for press publications. We have a specific concern that the publishers of scholarly and scientific journals may see the new right in Article 11 as the basis for a campaign for the same publication right to be extended to scholarly and scientific journals. We see this as a possible threat to the widely shared and accepted Open Access agenda to promote the availability of the results of publicly funded research in freely available web-based sources. If the publication right were to be extended, it would be a seriously retrogressive development, which would endanger the widely accepted policy of making the results of research as available as possible as promptly as possible for use by the wider research community throughout the EU...."