Tech industry sharply criticizes German online copyright bill

The proposed law is bad for business and will probably lead to years of litigation, the companies said

By Loek Essers, IDG News Service |  IT Management

A similar call came from the German Journalists Association (DJV). The organization advised to not only include online newspapers and magazines, but to provide an intellectual property right for all publishers, said Benno Pöppelmann, legal advisor of the DJV in an opinion sent to the cabinet.

After the Legal Affairs Committee hearing, the draft will probably be discussed by the plenary next, which can happen in a week or two, a spokeswoman for the German government said.

Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

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