Teuton TV rips scribe pay rule

Change would demand extra pay retroactively

BERLIN — German commercial broadcasters are protesting a proposed copyright law they fear could sharply cut local TV productions.

The changes would give freelance journalists, translators and writers the right to demand extra pay retroactively up to 10 years after signing a contract if they believe they failed to get fair and proper compensation.

Worried reps of TV giants RTL and ProSiebenSat 1 met officials of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Justice last week.

Broadcasters fear the new regulations would lead to a flood of lawsuits and cause budgetary uncertainty. Newspaper and book publishers as well as ad agencies rallied against the proposal last week. The new bill goes before the Parliament in October.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Biz News from Variety

Loading