GLAM-WIKI 2015/Proposals/The Twilight of EU Copyright Reform, or, How to reform with a hammer

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This is an accepted submission for GLAM-WIKI 2015.

Submission no. GW15.1027
Title of the submission

The Twilight of EU Copyright Reform, or, How to reform with a hammer

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Author of the submission

Dimi & Paul

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Based in Brussels (Dimi) and Amsterdam (Paul)


Free Knowledge Advocacy Gropu EU, Kennisland/Europeana (Paul)

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Dimi_z Paulkeller

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After years of circular conversation the European Union insitutions are finally resolute to change copyright. Wikimedia and other cultural institutions are on the forefront for strengthening the public commons. What exactly is on the table? Which things can we realistically fight for? How can you or your organisation help?

Detailed proposal

After more than five years of consultations, dialogues, studies and reports the European Union has finally begun serious work on reforming its copyright framework. The European Commission, whose President made copyright reform one of his top 5 priorities, is currently working on a legislative proposal that it will present around the time of Wikimania. Simultaneously, the European Parliament is trying to find its position on copyright and Wikimedia's core issues - Freedom of Panorama (FoP) and Public Domain for Government Works (PDGov)see Position Paper are being negotiated.

Wikimedia is in the centre of the civil society efforts to get a copyright reform that grows and protects the commons. We are, together with groups similar groups like Creative Commons, Open Knowledge and Mozilla and like-minded organisations like Europeana in trying to protect the public domain and counterbalance the overwhelming force of collecting societies, music and film enterprises and publishers.

Next to talking to talking about the general political situation and negotiations, we will give several examples of how pieces of legislative text that are important to us got included, altered or removed from the proposal and what our exact role in the process was.

The talk will especially focus on how GLAMsters and their organisations or networks can support the above mentioned efforts. People working with Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums ought to be in the front line for copyright cause, because their whole reason of existence is for availability and access and opening things up. Dimi will present from the perspective of the Free Knowledge Advocacy Gropu EU and Paul will present from the perspective of working with the GLAMs represented by the Europena Network.

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Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Target audience

GLAMsters interested in legislation

Expected outcomes

Get GLAMsters involved in the advocacy efforts for a EU copyright reform.

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