Marking a victory for freedom of expression online, the Copyright Office finds that new forms of copyright would not benefit journalism

Today, the US Copyright Office released its report on “Copyright protections for news publishers”, concluding that the publishing industry already benefits from important protections under existing law and does not require any new copyright protection, including new ancillary copyright like that currently involved in the “ Competition Law and the Preservation of Journalism”. Public Knowledge commends the Copyright Office for thoroughly investigating the issues and providing balanced and nuanced information on the matter.

The following can be attributed to Meredith Rose, Senior Policy Advisor at Public Knowledge:

“Today’s Copyright Office report made one thing abundantly clear: copyright law is neither the source nor the solution to the crisis facing journalism in the states. -United. The Board also helpfully notes that the creation of an ancillary right (such as a right to prevent external linking to content) would go well beyond the limits of existing copyright law, would likely be unable to take into account fundamental free speech protections and would otherwise raise constitutional concerns. .

“The answer to journalism’s ills is not, and never has been, ‘more copyright’. Similarly, “solutions” such as the “Competition and Journalism Preservation Act”, among their other problems, could also have a negative effect on copyright law, effectively granting large corporations press a brand new right that could prevent users from sharing links online. »

Check out our blog post, “Free press is a pillar of our democratic infrastructure – and it’s crumbling. Policymakers should back local news in infrastructure bill,” to learn more about how we can support journalism. See our other blog post, “We can save local news without upending copyright law,” for more information on how extending copyrights to the publishing industry would actually reduce free and open access to the Internet.

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