Publishers urge Europe to help them fight aggregators

Original author: Robert Andrews
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Newspaper publishers turned to the EU Media Commission with a petition against the free use of their materials by aggregators, referring primarily to, of course, Google.

According to the Hamburg Declaration of Intellectual Property Rights , signed by 169 heads of publishing companies , “a large number of services use the results of individual authors, publishers and broadcasters at no charge. In the long run, this practice threatens the production of high-quality content and the existence of independent journalism ... We no longer want to be forced to distribute our property without our consent. This declaration was sent to Commissioner Viviane Reding.

Publishers are fighting slowly for their content. The World Association of Newspapers has long advocated for the Automated Content Access Protocol (ACAP ), a set of computer rules that defines how aggregators can use publisher texts. Recently, the AP and Media Standards Trust have come up with a similar proposal for a common content formatting standard.

Among the signatories are Dow Jones Managing Director Robert Thomson, News Corp Europe CEO James Murdoch and DMGT Chairman Viscont Rothmere. But the greatest support was given by German newspapers, which, according to, are already lobbying royalties at home like those that operate in the music industry. Among them are Axel Springer CEO Matthias Dopfner. However, there are big gaps in the list of signatories.

The publisher’s demarche can be considered successful if Reading makes a statement calling it illegal to quote without advance payment. Most likely, this will not happen, because it will conflict with the principle of the legitimate use of materials with reference, although this principle exists only in some European countries. Another successful outcome for publishers would be the initiation of an agreement that would define a mechanism for deductions for the use of content through tracking using “watermarks”.

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