In early December 2103 the European Commission announced consultations regarding copyright in the European Union. After the last year’s failure of the Licenses of Europe process, we hope that this time the Commission will much more strongly account for citizens’ opinions on the subject of creating new legal frames for our future use of culture in the Internet.
To encourage citizens to particpate in the European Commission consultations on copyright, we prepared a useful platform in Polish, which made it easy to answer the 80 questions posed by the Commission.
We are positively surprised with the great public response to the consultations. We have noted over 800 forms downloaded from the platform. The Commission promised to present the full data as soon as possible. We already know that over 11 000 responses were submitted.
The Modern Poland Foundation also prepared an official position paper in reply to the consultations in which we underline that copyright should take into account the perspective of citizens’ freedoms.
The Modern Poland Foundation is taking part in the ongoing public consultations regarding the copyright system announced by the European Commission.
They last till February 5, 2014 which leaves citizens of the European Union only 2 weeks to express their opinion on such copyright-related topics as: should linking and browsing be legal? do we have the right to download files? can we have full access to library collections online? how should authors be remunerated for their work? what are the limits of fair use? should terms of copyright protection be shorter? and many others.
The broad coalition of organizations led by C4C, with the Modern Poland Foundation as one of its members, prepared an online tool making it easier for people to go through the complicated process of the consultations. The website is also connected with the platform for polish speaking users prepared by the Modern Poland Foundation.
Ahead of the last meeting of the “Licences for Europe” initiative, five European citizen organisations – Centrum Cyfrowe, EDRI, Kennisland, Modern Poland Foundation, and La Quadrature du Net – release the following joint press release reaffirming the urgent need of an European Copyright reform.