Senator Severin: News agencies’ copyright linked to dilemma of free information vs. intellectual rights

Senator Severin: News agencies’ copyright linked to dilemma of free information vs. intellectual rights

Senator Georgica Severin, Chair of the Senate Committee for Culture, sees the problem of copyright for news agencies as a part of the dilemma of free access to information versus intellectual rights; according to him, it is also a matter of the agencies’ ability to efficiently control information disseminated online.

“This is a very topical issue and — in my opinion — one with no solution, because the issue of copyright in the field of news agencies is directly related to the dilemma ‘free access to information or intellectual rights.’ As long as the news agencies were providing maximum speed of dissemination of information, as long as they ensured the necessary photo image resource, and their main clients were printed media, the control was possible. In these conditions, I think passing firstly to online media, the occurrence of these news aggregators, not to mention Google, brought a new characteristic to the work of news agencies — and above all, a new challenge. It is now very difficult to prove that a public news item on a website or in an online publication is based on information from an official agency, and that information should have been paid,” Severin said in a conference on copyright organized by AGERPRES on Friday. More…