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Fed Council Proposes Copyright Act Amendment for Journalists

Media companies are to receive remuneration from large online service providers for the use of their journalistic works in future. Journalists are to benefit from this too. The Federal Council opened the consultation on the amendment to the Copyright Act (CopA) on 24 May 2023. It will continue until 15 September 2023.

2023-05-24 14:45:26
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Quelle: Swiss Federal Council

The Federal Council has opened a consultation on an amendment to the Copyright Act, which will require media companies to receive remuneration from large online service providers for the use of their journalistic works. Journalists are also set to benefit.

The consultation will remain open until 15 September 2023. Search engines, social media, and multimedia platforms largely rely on snippets of journalistic works from traditional publishing media, which are not currently protected by copyright law.

As a result, media companies and journalists currently do not receive any payment for their works from online service providers. Following an analysis of international developments, the Federal Council approved a bill requiring large online service providers to remunerate media companies for the use of snippets.

Collective rights management organizations will represent the interests of media companies and journalists collectively to negotiate with the online service providers. The new regulations should not have consequences for internet users as merely using hyperlinks will remain free.

The additional revenue for media companies and journalists cannot currently be estimated and will depend on negotiations between the collective rights management organizations and associations of users. Rates will be binding and approved by the Federal Arbitration Commission for the Exploitation of Copyrights and Related Rights..

(Quelle:Swiss Federal Council modified with ChatGPT)

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