December 16, 2015 · Blogs

Copyright reform: Restoring the facade of a decrepit building

“The Special Rapporteur also proposes to expand copyright exceptions and limitations to empower new creativity, enhance rewards to authors, increase educational opportunities, preserve space for non-commercial culture and promote inclusion and access to cultural works.” These recommendations come from the 2014 report on Copyright policy and the right to science and culture, from the UN […]

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April 6, 2016 · Blogs

Commission launches consultations on ancillary copyright and panorama

It is time for new courses in the EU copyright reform menu: How about a neighbouring right for publishers and an EU-wide panorama exception? In December, Commissioner Oettinger presented the what could only be described as the “appetiser”: Citizens should be able to access subscribed streaming services when going on holiday in the EU (imagine, […]

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June 22, 2016 · Blogs

Copyfail #5: Excessive copyright protection term killing creativity and access to culture

This article is the fifth in the series presenting Copyfails. The EU is reforming its copyright rules. We want to introduce to you the main failures of the current copyright system, with suggestions on how to fix them. You can find all the Copyfails here. How has it failed? The copyright protection term in the […]

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January 29, 2003 · Blogs | Open internet and inclusive technology | Freedom of expression online

Implementing the European Copyright Directive

One month after the implementation deadline of the European Copyright Directive, only 2 of the 15 member-countries have implemented the law. All over Europe, scientists, legal experts, civil rights and open source groups are warning about possible negative effects on free speech, innovation and academic research. In many countries, civil rights groups joined forces with […]

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January 18, 2012

ENDitorial: Copyright vs Public Domain-copyright as a barrier to culture?

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [ENDitorial: Urheberrechte vs Gemeinfreiheit als Kulturhindernis? |] “The book, as a book, belongs to the author, but as thought it belongs — the word is not too big — to the human species. Any intelligent being has a right to it. If one of the two rights, […]

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May 17, 2017 · Blogs

Reclaim the net! Copyright and online freedoms at re:publica17

It is hard to count how many times we have been saying that the current European copyright regime is outdated. Sometimes the focus is on the negatives: what it should not be like. The ongoing copyright reform reinforces that tendency with proposals such as the content filter. However, at re:publica17, an annual gathering of media […]

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February 26, 2020 · Blogs | Information democracy | Freedom of expression online | Platform regulation

Copyright stakeholder dialogues: Compromise, frustration, dead end?

The second phase of the stakeholder dialogues on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive finished in December 2019. The two meetings of the third phase, focusing on the provisions of Article 17, were held on 16 January and 10 February 2020.

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July 30, 2014 · Blogs

Summary report of the responses to the copyright public consultation

On 23 July 2014 the European Commission Directorate General Internal Market and Services (DG MARKT) published Summary Report of the Responses to the public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules. The consultation held between 5 December 2013 and 5 March 2014 was part of the European Commission’s effort to review and modernise […]

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May 5, 2010

EDRi and partners launch Copyright for Creativity declaration

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [EDRi und Partner veröffentlichen „Copyright for Creativity“-Deklaration |] EDRi, as part of a broad based coalition of European groups, representing consumers, creators, libraries, civil society and technology companies today released Copyright for Creativity, a declaration calling for a European copyright law truly adapted to the Internet age. […]

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January 30, 2013 · Blogs

Finnish copyright law might be changed following crowdsourcing support

This article is also available in: Deutsch: [Finnland: Volksbegehren könnte bald neues Urheberrecht erwirken |] People may be able to influence the fate of the copyright legislation in Finland due to a recent modification of the national Constitution allowing citizens to make legislative proposals for the Parliament. The Finnish Constitution says that a private […]

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March 18, 2015 · Blogs

Civil society calls for inclusion in the EP Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Reform

Ensuring a Balanced Representation of Views in the EP Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Reform

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May 20, 2019 · Open letters | Information democracy | Freedom of expression online

NGOs call to ensure fundamental rights in copyright implementation

Today, on 20 May 2019, EDRi and 41 other organisations sent an open letter to the European Commission.

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