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Vídeo del encuentro digital sobre el #CanonAEDE de TICbeat

mayo 13, 2014 No Comments

Os dejamos el vídeo del encuentro digital sobre el #CanonAEDE celebrado en TICbeat con Jaime García Cantero (Analista independiente y profesor en EOI) y Carlos Fernández Astiz (Portavoz de la Coalición ProInternet), moderado por Victor Sánchez del Real, colaborador de TICbeat, profesor en comunicación digital y empredimiento y Mentor del Founder Institute.

 

Queremos agradecer a Ticbeat su colaboración por facilitar que el debate sobre el #CanonAEDE tenga mayor difusión



TICbeat organiza el Encuentro digital sobre el #CanonAEDE

mayo 12, 2014 No Comments

La decisión del Gobierno de España de incorporar a la modificación de Ley de Propiedad intelectual una nueva regulación del derecho de cita está generando controversias sobre su impacto en Internet y los negocios digitales. Tras haber sufrido la oposición de todos los grupos parlamentarios y de gran parte de la sociedad, Internet en España (y probablemente en el mundo) se enfrenta a un hipotético nuevo escenario. ¿Qué pasa si se impone tener que pagar un canon por citar/enlazar? ¿Cómo afecta a la libertad de expresión? ¿Qué impacto tendrá en los medios en plena transición hacia lo digital? ¿Cómo afecta a los negocios en Internet y a nuevos proyectos emprendedores?¿Estamos ante el primer paso para apagar la información en Internet?

Sobre estos aspectos versará el Encuentro digital sobre el Canon Aede que hemos organizado en TICbeat mañana 13 de mayo a las 18.30 (CET) y que te invitamos que sigas en directo a través de la plataforma Mashme.tv.

Al debate asistirán:

 – Jaime García Cantero. Analista independiente y profesor en EOI.

– Carlos Fernández Astiz. Portavoz de la Coalición ProInternet.

– Portavoz de AEDE

– Un tercer analista experto (profesor universitario o periodista) aún por confirmar.

Moderado por Víctor Sánchez del Real, colaborador de TICbeat y profesor en comunicación digital y emprendimiento. Mentor del Founder Institute.

 

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Lee el articulo completo aquí.



Spain set to introduce new law against aggregators

mayo 9, 2014 No Comments

New or not, news aggregation is today provoking fierce debate in media circles. Some, such as Davidovitz, argue that it has a “disruptive and positive” influence with advantages for “both curator and creator.”

For Irene Lanzaco at the Association of Spanish Newspaper Publishers, however, news aggregators have created “an unbalanced situation between publishers and tech companies” and have the potential to “weaken the trademark of newspapers.»

Lanzaco is hoping to pass legislation in Spain that will require all aggregator sites to pay compensation to publishers whose material they copy.

Under the new law, the original publisher will be compensated even for the reproduction of headlines and snippets of text. Written permission and a greater fee will be demanded if an aggregator wishes to reproduce the whole article.

 

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SPANISH SNIPPET TAX FOLLOWS TREND OF TARGETING INTERNET SERVICES

abril 24, 2014 No Comments

The transformative and occasionally disruptive effect of the Internet on traditional news publishing has been widely discussed, and as DisCo has previously covered, some European states are reacting to these changes with a form of tax-and-subsidy system that would benefit domestic news publishers at the expense of mostly foreign Internet services.

logoFrance and Germany have both made efforts in this direction, and in February the Spanish government began considering a similar proposal.  A provision appearing late in the development of Spain’s ongoing reform of its IP laws would subject normal Internet snippets — i.e., quotations — to a special “ancillary” copyright.

The proposed statute appears to impose a compulsory license each time a website provides even a small snippet of a newspaper article.  Curiously, it also subjects the reuse of any photo to permission from the news publisher, whether the photo is protected by copyright or not, once the photo is posted to any “periodically updated” website.  Not only does this sound like an administrative nightmare, it also runs afoul of international copyright norms in several ways.  The long-standing Berne Convention (a) prohibits nations from restricting the right to quote, (b) limits IP protection to expression, not facts, and (c) states that copyrights do not extend to “news of the day.”

By restricting Internet services like search and social media from functioning as they do elsewhere in the world, this proposal also represents a new trade barrier, upending how both the Internet and copyright law ordinarily function.  An IP-based tax on quotations is therefore not only bad policy, but it also appears to violate the EU and Spain’s international free trade commitments.

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The Spanish Google tax, or (twice) the perfect cartel

marzo 19, 2014 No Comments

It is always tempting for firms in sectors in decline to collude. But a cartel may not always be feasible or successful. Sometimes, major competitors have no interest in playing the game (this may be so for various reasons; competitors may have a different cost structure, may be more efficient or use a different technology). The next trick is well known. If private collusion does not work, turn to the State to enforce an official cartel or to (bluntly) eliminate competition from other players. You want a well-functioning and sustainable cartel? Make sure that anti-dumping duties are imposed on your heartless competitors from other parts of the world.

Montebourg, who has become an endless source of competition-related stories, has been quite open (I admit he is very candid, both in the English and the Spanish sense of the word) about his dislike for Free Mobile and has even taken active steps to make its life more difficult. The operator has emerged as a phenomenal maverick, bringing much needed dynamism to the French mobile market. But apparently prices are too low for Monsieur le Ministre’s taste and French consumers, as responsible and forward-looking citizens of the Republic, should pay more for their calls (he has in fact referred to the ‘excesses of low-cost’). Needless to say, the three incumbent mobile operators are not particularly unhappy about the whole deal.

The proposed Google tax in Spain provides yet another example of State-enforced collusion, albeit a more subtle one (which is not difficult given that our dear Arnaud is leading the way in the abovementioned example). Traditional newspapers struggle to survive in Spain. Advertising revenues have been in steep decline for years and media groups are heavily indebted. The solution? Charge Google, which has become the default cash-cow (and access-cow), for the use of non-significant excerpts (which, I would mention in passing, sounds oxymoronic from a copyright law perspective).

cash-cow

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