In an attempt to quell opposition against the proposal, the coalition has emphasised that the mere consumption of media products - looking up an article via Google News and reading it online, say - will not be affected by the proposed new law. This goes not only for private individuals, but for companies, etc as well.
In addition, the new neighbouring right is envisaged to be of a surprisingly and perhaps refreshingly short duration: only one year (presumably from the date of first publication).
The coalition does not seem too sure how the equitable remuneration for publishers and/or authors should be calculated, but trusts in the expertise of German collecting societies. It is likely that one of the existing collecting societies (my money is on VG Wort) will take over the administrative side of things.
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So what do you think? Is the new neighbouring right a good thing or a really bad idea?
Report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung here
Report on heise.de here, which also contains a link to the resolution (which deals with a number of other things, too; the copyright bit is on page 4)