German Publishers in Online Copyright Fight

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.

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