The simpleshow explains the ancillary copyright law for publishers

In recent months, most of you will undoubtedly have heard about the “ancillary copyright law for publishers” a number of times. It is a heavily contested law, which has provoked correspondingly heated discussions. In order to be able to explain it as transparently as possible, the Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) has commissioned us to produce an explanatory clip dealing with this sensitive issue. After all, most people don’t even know what it’s all about. In the end, the VDZ was so pleased with the explanatory video in the classic simpleshow style with paper cutout animation technology and black-and-white scribbles that the simpleshow even made it onto the front cover of their magazine!

So what exactly does the “ancillary copyright law for publishers” actually mean? Sascha Lobo, blogger, explains: “The ancillary copyright law is intended to guarantee press publishers exclusive usage rights to their contents for a year. The law will mean that even titles and snippets will be subject to licensing conditions. In any case, if they are compiled and processed automatically by companies such as Google.”

The simpleshow explains the whole issue simply and comprehensively in just 4 minutes! Have fun learning more with

this simpleshow. (Only in German)

What is the next step?

The German federal government will not be able to deal with the controversial ancillary copyright law until September at the earliest – and then only if the federal cabinet has completed the draft by then.



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