German Publishers in Online Copyright Fight
Posted: 8/22/2012 | By: Andrew Coombes | Al Jazeera
Step into a German cafe and you'll likely find most of your fellow customers leafing through a newspaper or magazine. The consumption of printed media here borders on the voracious - and it's comparatively rare to find your neighbour flicking through an iPad or squinting their way through a story rendered in eight-point-type on their smartphone.
But while the traditional press is relatively buoyant here, some of
Germany's biggest publishing firms are now pushing for a "neighbouring
right" which could fundamentally alter how their content can be shared
and accessed online.