Kluwer Copyright Blog: Interview with Prof. Dr. Jan B. Nordemann on ancillary copyright.
An interview in English with BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT partner Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, which previously appeared in the German legal magazine Neue Juristische Wochenschrift under the title “German publishers take on Google” (No. 32, 08.08.2016), was published in the Copyright Blog of specialist publisher Wolters Kluwer on 30.08.2016. The background to the interview is the accusation of market abuse made by 41 German publishers in legal proceedings against the search engine operator Google. Prof. Dr. J. B. Nordemann, a lawyer specializing in various fields including copyright and media law, acted in these proceedings (without being involved) as an expert for the small and medium-sized publishers. In the interview, Nordemann explains the extent to which the Google group is using its dominant market position to demand consent to use free of charge and to what extent this represents a competitive disadvantage for competing search engines. As Nordemann explains: “Google’s current practice will also lead (…) to an impediment of competing search engines. The case is going before the antitrust senate of the antitrust court. (...) Ancillary copyright will have to prove itself.” Posts by legal experts from the areas of copyright law with a European and international focus are published and discussed in the Kluwer Copyright Blog (KCRB). The blog post can be called up here.