The federal government presented a so-called "draft discussion" on ancillary copyright law. This limits the license-free use of press materials, which in turn affects memes based on these materials.
The Federal Government is currently preparing the controversial ancillary copyright law and has presented a first "draft discussion", which promptly met with criticism from the opposition.
Will memes be tiny in the future?
In the draft discussion, the newly formulated paragraph 87g of the Copyright Act (UrhG) states: For the headline of a press release, "a small-format preview image with a resolution of up to 128 by 128 pixels" and a "tone sequence, image sequence or image and sound sequence with a duration of up to three seconds "can be used without a license. That doesn't sound bad at first, because it basically means that search engines like Google will continue to be able to index license-free press articles in the future, as well as display headings and preview images, and that these images may even exceed the 100 by 100 pixels used by Google News , Authors should continue to be adequately paid.
However, this becomes problematic for memes that are created from press photos or videos. In the future, these would only be 128×128 pixels. Press content, which covers the right to quote, should not be affected by the regulation. Accordingly, there was already criticism for this draft discussion. Among other things, by the SPD MEP Tiemo Wölken, who said: "Of course, it is particularly absurd that preview images can only be 128 x 128 pixels in size." He also says: "What is now is a bad start." So there will be some discussions about this draft discussion.
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