OCCRP's Position on the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
As an independent investigative journalism outlet and media development organization, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) relies heavily on copyright to guarantee correct attribution of our work. This is vital to our journalism and investigative research.
Our reporting requires transparency and regularly citing sources, which means being able to link to and quote published facts as needed.
Moreover, wide, unhindered circulation of and linking to our stories is essential to achieve any meaningful impact on corruption and organized crime.
Any action that might undermine this most basic tenet of the open web risks undermining independent media organizations like OCCRP and its over 40 member centers (many based in the EU), dozens of reporters, editors, researchers, fact-checkers, translators, technologists, and graphic designers.
We are therefore concerned by new neighboring rights stipulated in the Directive's Article 11 ("Protection of press publications concerning digital uses"). By implementing the link tax and a licensing requirements between platforms and media organizations like ours this legislation would severely limit the ability of OCCRP and other independent media organizations to provide accurate and fair reporting, and prevent our stories from reaching the widest possible audience. This would be a serious blow for investigative journalism and present a giant step backward in the fight against misinformation.
Coalition of Innovative Media Publishers Open Letter
University of Cambridge Faculty of Law: Call for Views - Modernising the European Copyright Framework
For the JURI Committee: The Exception for Text and Data Mining (TDM) in the Proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market - Legal Aspects
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