The debate whether the copyright reform in a proposed shape would be beneficial for Europe or not is now a key topic for digital rights organizations. But what do measures suggested by the European Commission actually mean? COMMUNIA and EDRi have jointly developed a Copyright reform guideline to the “legalese” of the draft directive. We present key issues and solutions that should be taken into consideration by the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who will soon discuss the proposal.
We believe that the current reform is a chance to empower users across Europe to access culture in ways that have been proved not to undermine authors’ revenues. This would boost the creation of new business models that will support authors, creators and journalists, and not only powerful intermediaries such as book publishers and record companies.
The copyright reform should also safeguard freedom of expression and privacy by curbing the surveillance capacity of filtering technologies. The Commission’s proposal fails to take advantage of these opportunities to secure a better future for Europe and European culture.
The guide prepared by COMMUNIA and EDRi explains concisely the core elements of the proposal, showcases where they go wrong, and suggests concrete solutions to fix these problems:
- The Copyright Reform – A Guide for the Perplexed – introduction
- Copyfails reloaded #1: Different rights for users in different EU countries
- Copyfails reloaded #2: Access to news and information content online will be restricted
- Copyfails reloaded #3: Mandatory upload filters create a censorship machine
- Copyfails reloaded #4: Innovative business models will likely emerge outside Europe
- Copyfails reloaded #5: Different licences in member states will further fragment access to education in Europe
Read the Copyright reform guideline to get informed, and share it to spread the message!
Want to read more about the copyright reform?
- Europeans deserve a better copyright reform by COMMUNIA
- Commission’s proposal on education: the devil is in the details – position paper by COMMUNIA
- Commission’s proposal on Text and Data mining: a strategic mistake – position paper by COMMUNIA
- Unlocking copyright for users: Make law, not licenses – event of COMMUNIA and EDRi in the European Parliament
- Deconstructing article 13 by EDRi
- Press Release: New copyright directive fails at every level by EDRi
- Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market by the European Commission