‘The directive is not perfect, but it is a very important step in the right direction,’ says Dr. Jessica Sänger of Germany’s Börsenverein as a Council of the European Union vote is awaited on the newly negotiated copyright agreement.
Following the release of German book market data from 2018, the country’s publishers turn their attention to issues facing their industry in 2019.
A European Parliament vote this week is expected to trigger more discussion on the EU copyright directive, which has both harsh critics and supporters.
Jessica Sänger of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association goes over the European Parliament’s action last week that put the Single Digital Market’s copyright directive into reconsideration.
Shortly after the Federation of European Publishers met to hold its officers’ elections, the European Parliament has rejected a copyright framework measure the federation has supported. Another vote will occur in September.
Publishers’ responsibilities with ‘controversial authors professing what seem to be unpopular opinion’ at BEA, while Brussels gets some perspective on VAT.
As part of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, publishers and authors are being asked for input on copyright issues by June 15.