Copyright: Heavy air between Minister of Justice and content providers


After Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP) had rejected the requested by the industry procedure with warnings of copyright infringement as a "fear model", the bosses of the associations tightened their criticism. A term like "fear model" is "pure populism", it said in a joint statement (PDF link) of the Federal Association of the music industry (BVMI), the Stock Exchange Association of the German book trade and the Society for the prosecution of copyright infringement (GVU) on Thursday. They again reproached the minister for not making any concrete proposals to solve the problem: "She had three years to do so, but until today there is no proposal from the Federal Ministry of Justice."

The bosses of the three associations had already sharply criticized Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger on Wednesday and emphatically advertised the warning label model. However, the Minister quickly made it clear: "The Federal Government has already made it clear during the economic dialogue that there will not be a warning model for legal and political reasons." Such a system can only be implemented with an intervention in the secrecy of telecommunications, the monitoring of Internet traffic is a mandatory requirement, the ministry said. "Such a fear model will not exist with me, " said Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.

Representatives of content providers defended their proposal again on Thursday. The warning label model has nothing to do with surveillance and is also "a much gentler measure than the current form of law enforcement". The idea is that consumers first receive a warning when using copyright-illegal media offers. Only with further infringements against the copyright it should give the usual sanctions. The content industry wants to take the determination of the IP addresses. But she wants a mandate from politics to urge even unwilling Internet providers to cooperate. (Dpa / tc)