Tue, Nov. 17, 2009

A New IP in German Law?

CK - Washington.   Germany is approaching the statutory creation of a new intellectual property right, known in German as Leistungsschutzrecht.

The term combines several German words, encompasses elements of legal protection for accomplishments, services and products and is intended primarily to afford print media more control over digital reproduction, principally with respect to links and excerpts on the internet.

Some fear that authors for digital media as well as search engines would be cramped. Presently, no bill exists. Heise Online, the internet news service of a traditional publisher and a valiant defender of internet freedoms, summarizes the current state of the debate on November 17, 2009.

The new federal government in Berlin anticipates introducing such a statute. A major law journal, Kommunikation & Recht is expected to present in its December 2009 issue contrasting perspectives.



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