Statement by 169 European academics against press publishers’ right

25 April 2015

A statement has been issued by 169 European academics calling for the rejection of the proposed press publisher’s right (Article 11 of the proposed Copyright Directive). The statement outlines why the introduction of a new right would be potentially harmful, and would disproportionately impact smaller creators and publishers. Furthermore, the statement raises issues with rapporteur Axel Voss’s proposed amendments, particularly in relation to extending the scope of Article 11, and making the right to fair and equitable remuneration unwaivable.