IMCO Vote on Copyright in the DSM: crying tears of...?

Today, 8 June, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee voted on Copyright in the Digital Single Market [2016/0280(COD)]. IMCO was the 1st Committee to vote on the file, and is setting the direction for the other votes in the next weeks in the Culture and Education (CULT – 21 June), Civil Liberties,...Read More »

LIBE Opinion on Copyright in the Digital Single Market: Trying to put boundaries on the Censorship Filter

Following the CULT and IMCO Opinions (see our blog posts respectively here and here) and the Report by the lead Committee of the EP on this matter, namely the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee (see our blog post here), the last Opinion of the EP has now been published, namely the one...Read More »

Open Letter on the EU copyright reform

Over 60 civil society & trade associations urge European lawmakers to put the EU copyright reform back on track On 29 May 2017, over 60 civil society and trade associations – representing publishers, journalists, libraries, scientific and research institutions, consumers, digital rights groups, start-ups, technology businesses, educational institutions and creator representatives – sent this open...Read More »

JURI Report on Copyright in the Digital Single Market: Bringing back the user and common sense in the debate...up to a point

As mentioned in our previous blog posts on the CULT and IMCO Opinions (see respectively here and here), the adoption of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the copyright review) requires several European Parliament (EP) Committees to draft Opinions that will then need to be ‘taken into...Read More »

IMCO Opinion on Copyright in the Digital Single Market: Things are looking better, but the devil is still in the details

As mentioned in our previous blog post on the CULT Opinion, the adoption of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the copyright review) requires several European Parliament (EP) Committees to draft Opinions that will then need to be ‘taken into account’ in the Report by the lead...Read More »

CULT Opinion on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive: bad on filtering, press publishers' rights and TDM, but putting users back in the picture!

In the process of the adoption of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the copyright review), several European Parliament (EP) Committees will draft Opinions that will then need to be ‘taken into account’ in the Report by the lead Committee of the EP on this matter, namely...Read More »

#CopyrightWeek - Copyright and Free Speech: the rise of shadow regulation or how to let private companies decide what goes and stays on the Internet

The theme of today’s #Copyrightweek is ‘Copyright and Free Speech’. The idea is to tell policy makers that freedom of speech is fundamental to democratic systems and that copyright should promote, not restrict or suppress, free speech. Obvious, no? Well, actually, not obvious at all, if you look at the copyright creep...Read More »

#CopyrightWeek - Transparency and Representation: the EU copyright consultation process as an illustration on how not to do things

The theme of today’s #Copyrightweek is ‘Transparency and Representation’. The idea is to tell policy makers that copyright policy must be set through a participatory, democratic, and transparent process. It should not be decided through back room deals, secret international agreements, or unilateral attempts to apply national laws extraterritorially. Whilst this...Read More »

Text and Data Mining: how the Future TDM workshop highlighted the draft exception must be improved for TDM to have a future in Europe

For the legal geeks among us, it is now old news that the European Commission, after promising to modernise copyright, issued a rather unhinged and disappointing copyright review proposal aimed at creating what it claims to be a ‘well-functioning marketplace’. Neighbouring rights aka ancillary copyright for media snippets, robocopyright type content...Read More »

EC Failed to #FixCopyright: Stop 'RoboCopyright' and Ancillary Copyright & Start to Focus on Users and Creators

The European Commission promised to modernise copyright, but instead of creating a well-functioning legal framework addressing the concerns of creators and end-users it proposes to protect old business models by creating what it claims to be a ‘well-functioning marketplace’. To do so, the EC creates ‘RoboCopyright’, compelling intermediaries hosting user-uploaded...Read More »

Stop! Filter time!: EU can't touch this

UUC_IA_InfoGraphicStatewatch released [PDF] a version of the European Commission’s (EC) Impact Assessment on the copyright reform. Our initial reaction on it is available here. ...Read More »

Ancillary Copyright: Calling a bad idea by another name, does not make it a good idea

Statewatch released [PDF] a version of the European Commission’s (EC) Impact Assessment on the copyright reform. Our initial reaction on it is available here. In the infographic below we look at the EC’s (lack of) assessment of ancillary copyright – see Copy explaining the beef with his cousin ‘Ancy’ here....Read More »

TDM Exception: The Impact Assessment looked so good until we really read it

TDM_IA_InfoGraphicThe leaked EC’s Impact Assessment can be found here [PDF], and our initial reaction on it is available here. ...Read More »

Dear European Commission, we don't talk anymore, we don't talk anymore, (...) like we used to do - The copyright review oddities part 2

Remember when last year C4C and several of its signatories co-signed two open letters, one addressed to the European Commission and the other to the European Parliament, in order to share our concerns regarding the European Commission’s current approach on copyright matters in its public consultations? It wasn’t even so...Read More »

June, a Month to Celebrate Libraries: CJEU Advocate General Issues e-Lending Opinion & C4C Welcomes the Dutch Association of Public Libraries

C4C is proud to announce that the Dutch association of public libraries (VOB – ‘Vereniging van Openbare Bibliotheken’), represents about 170 member organisations in the Netherlands ranging from public libraries, provincial support organisations to library suppliers, signed on to our Declaration which promotes a copyright framework that fosters creativity, innovation,...Read More »

2819 responses collected with two key messages on how to #FixCopyright: NO to ancillary copyright - YES to freedom of panorama

Thank you! We are pleased to inform you that after closing the YouCanFixCopyright Answering Tool on 14 June, we were able to transfer 2.819 responses on the public consultation on ancillary copyright and freedom of panorama to the European Commission. Moreover, our copyright educational videos on ancillary copyright and freedom of panorama...Read More »

The Copyright Reform: Everyday I’m Hurdling – The EC’s latest hurdles on the race to the finish line

The  copyright debate often feels like a hurdle race, and its seems that the current race to the  presentation of the European Commission’s (EC) copyright reform proposal has been extended along the way from the 110 meters hurdles to the 400 one. While we were expecting to see the finish...Read More »

C4C Welcomes NEMO

C4C is proud to announce that the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) signed on to our Declaration which promotes a copyright framework that fosters creativity, innovation, education, competitiveness and access to culture. NEMO was founded in 1992 as an independent network of national museum organisations representing the museum community of...Read More »

C4C Welcomes Creative Commons

C4C is proud to announce that Creative Commons signed on to our Declaration which promotes a copyright framework that fosters creativity, innovation, education, competitiveness and access to culture. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization at the center of a high-profile, international movement to promote sharing of creativity and knowledge. It provides...Read More »

Copyright Reform: C4C Applauds, Regrets and Opposes

BRUSSELS, 9 DECEMBER 2015 – “If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team European Commission”.  The European Commission (EC) is coming to our rescue with a plan for a “modern, more European copyright framework”. They took...Read More »

YouCan.FixCopyright.eu needs you to respond to the European Commission’s Online Platforms Consultation by 25 December 2015!

On 24 September, the European Commission launched its all-encompassing and not very clearly defined public consultation on online platforms (the title is actually a lot longer but we are trying to spare you some pain), covering a lot of issues that are not copyright related. Although it may not jump at...Read More »

Dear European Commission, could you at least pretend you're listening to us?

C4C and several of its signatories co-signed two open letters, one addressed to the European Commission and the other to the European Parliament, in order to share our concerns regarding the European Commission’s current approach on copyright matters in its public consultations. The signatories of this open letter urge the European...Read More »

IMMF's Open letter on Record Label and Music Publisher Deals in the Digital Market

The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), a C4C signatory, addressed an open letter to the European Commission and European Parliament on 21 May on the record label and music publisher deals in the digital market. This letter is a reaction to the reporting by The Verge on a 2011 agreement...Read More »

Copyright and the Digital Single Market Strategy: Why Licencing is Not Always the Solution

On 6 May, just a few hours away of the launch of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy, Copyright 4 Creativity (C4C) gathered representatives of the EU Institutions at a breakfast event in the European Parliament to explore if licencing is the miracle solution in the copyright debate, as...Read More »

The Digital Single Market and Copyright: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

BRUSSELS, 6 MAY 2015 – First, there was the long awaited coming of Princess Charlotte and now, the European Commission finally gives birth to its often leaked ‘Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe’. What an exciting month of May! Looking at the copyright elements in this Communication, Copyright 4 Creativity has...Read More »

C4C Welcomes SA&S and OFE

C4C is proud to welcome two new signatories, putting the total number of declaration supporters at 39 – representing hundreds of organisations worldwide. In April, the Flemish Partnership Copyright & Society (SA&S – Samenwerkingsverband Auteursrecht en Samenleving) and OpenForum Europe (OFE) signed on to our mission of sensible copyright policy...Read More »

Europe: Now is the time to fix copyright!

Absurd, not of this time, incomprehensible. This is what the current copyright framework in Europe feels like. It is time to make it fit-for-purpose in the 21st Century. Have you ever tried to explain copyright to a teenager? I did. It doesn’t make any sense to them. Funnily, the idea of...Read More »

C4C Welcomes the Institute of Digital Technologies

C4C is proud to welcome a new signatory, putting the total number of declaration supporters at 37 – representing hundreds of organisations worldwide. In February the Institute of Digital Technologies of the Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) signed on to our mission of sensible copyright policy in service of creativity, innovation, education, competitiveness and access...Read More »

CEPS debate 'Should we tax the Internet?'

On 26 January, the think tank CEPS (the Center for European Policy Studies) organised a panel debate under the rather provocative heading ‘Should we tax the Internet?’ (although, if you read speeches and interviews of some politicians, the question is probably not so provocative in some circles). Presentations were made by...Read More »

C4C Welcomes IGEL and Universities UK

C4C is proud to welcome two new signatories, putting the total number of declaration supporters at 36 – representing hundreds of organisations worldwide. At the end of December, the Initiative gegen ein Leistungsschutzrecht (IGEL – Initiative against an ancillary copyright law for press publishers) and Universities UK (UUK) signed on...Read More »

Four Pillars to Modernize Copyright in the EU

The long-discussed Copyright review seems to gradually become a reality, as the Juncker Commission slowly rolls out its action plan to create a true digital single market for the EU, and as the European Parliament (EP) divulges its first findings on the matter through the publication of the draft Own-initiative Report on the...Read More »

The CJEU Continues to be the Court of Common Sense: The BestWater Case Ruling or Another Good Day for the Internet

Everyone was a bit thunderstruck as the Court of Justice of the European Union ( CJEU) issued its Decision [PDF] in the BestWater International Case (C-348/13) on 21 October 2014. Not by the result, which can only make us feel happy, but by the speed at which it was delivered. Indeed, this is a...Read More »

IFRRO Vs Kroes: The (Lack of) Facts Behind the Blaming

As we already posted, on Wednesday 2 July, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, gave a passionate speech at IViR‘s Information Influx Conference at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Vice-President Kroes’ speech reflected on the fact that ‘our single market is crying out for...Read More »

Licensing Abuses Strike Again: A Broad Range of Organisations Calls for Withdrawal of STM's Model Licences

Copyright 4 Creativity (C4C) co-signed a joint letter [PDF], kick-started by (real) open access publisher PLOS and Creative Commons, calling for the withdrawal of the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical (STM) Publishers’ model ‘open access’ licences, along with 57 organisations amongst which several C4C signatories. The letter points out...Read More »

Vice-President Kroes pleads for EU Copyright Reform at IViR's 25th birthday

On Wednesday 2 July, C4C attended the opening of the ‘Information Influx‘ Conference at the Oude Lutherse Kerk of the University of Amsterdam. Professor Bernt Hugenholtz – Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License Usually, such events are pretty unsurprising, especially when the agenda reads: first, high placed people from...Read More »

Greece, the land of Myths: looking back at the 6 June Greek Presidency event on Copyright

On 6 June, the Greek Presidency of the EU organised an International Conference under the heading ‘Copyright and the Digital Agenda for Europe: Current Regulations and Challenges for the Future’, in lovely Athens. So, lovely Athens first: the event was preceded on 5 June by a very nice and civil cocktail...Read More »

Good news everyone: after 5 years, we now know that what we do every day is legal...No, seriously

We have been a bit slow at commenting the Meltwater ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) – aka Case C-360/13 Public Relations Consultants Association v Newspaper Licensing Agency Ltd, as we had the joy of attending a copyright event in Athens last week, organised by the Greek...Read More »

C4C’s initial reaction to the European Commission Impact Assessment on Copyright Review - Part 2

The Statewatch saga continues. Following the first release of parts of the European Commission’s DG MARKT draft Impact Assessment on the Copyright Review (see our reaction here), Statewatch has now released three further sections, namely those related to: Text and Data Mining (TDM) Disabilities, and Legislative Intervention. C4C will analyse more thoroughly these documents,...Read More »

C4C's initial reaction to the European Commission Impact Assessment on Copyright Review - Part 1

Parts of a draft European Commission Impact Assessment on the review of the copyright framework from the Internal Market and Services Directorate-General (DG MARKT) have been released today on the website Statewatch. This impact assessment will be used in the context of the copyright White Paper announced by European Commissioner...Read More »

C4C Urges the European Commission to Swiftly Publish Responses to Copyright Consultation

In light of the European Commission’s recent public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules, the Copyright 4 Creativity (C4C) coalition sent a letter to Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Commissioner Michel Barnier urging the European Commission to swiftly publish the submissions received, and preferably next week....Read More »

C4C's Response to the European Commission's Copyright Consultation

Phase 1: Lots of activity and no jingle bells At the beginning of December, the European Commission launched its much anticipated public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules. The due date to respond was 5 February.  With Christmas break right in the middle of the consultation period Copyright for...Read More »

You Can Fix Copyright! Send in your contribution to the European Commission by 5 March 2014

At the beginning of December, the European Commission launched its much anticipated public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules, aimed at ‘… ensuring that the EU copyright regulatory framework stays fit for purpose in the digital environment to support creation and innovation, tap the full potential of the Single...Read More »

C4C Welcomes Open Knowledge Foundation

C4C is proud to welcome a new signatory, putting the total number of declaration supporters at 34 – representing hundreds of organisations worldwide. On 19 December 2013, the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) signed on to our mission of sensible copyright policy in service of creativity, innovation, education, competitiveness and access to culture. OKF is...Read More »

C4C Signatory LIBER Publishes Statement on Copyright in the Digital Age

C4C welcomes the Statement [PDF] on copyright in the digital age published today by our signatory LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries. LIBER’s statement is intended to guide its members when responding to the European Commission’s public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules, which runs until 5 February 2014.  Dr. Paul Ayris, President of...Read More »

C4C Signatory IFLA Publishes Statement on Libraries and Text and Data Mining

C4C welcomes the Statement on libraries and text and data mining published today by our signatory IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.. IFLA believes “that legal certainty for text and data mining (TDM) can only be achieved by (statutory) exceptions. As an organization committed to the principle of...Read More »

C4C Welcomes Kennisland and CDT

C4C is proud to welcome two new signatories, putting the total number of declaration supporters at 33 – representing hundreds of organisations worldwide. On 5 December 2013, the Amsterdam based think-thank Kennisland and the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) signed on to our mission of sensible copyright policy in...Read More »

Copyright for Creativity Declaration for the Licences for Europe Final Plenary

Brussels, 13 November 2013 – On the occasion of today’s Licences for Europe (L4E) “plenary” meeting, the Copyright for Creativity (C4C) Coalition urges the European Commission to finally turn the page of the L4E process and begin work towards revising the copyright and database Directives. ‘The process was flawed from the...Read More »

The Case of Text and Data Mining - 12 Nov, 2013 (European Parliament, Brussels)

RSVP here MEP Pawel Zalewski, Amelia Andersdotter, Marietje Schaake, and other MEPs co-signed a letter to President Barroso on the need to reform the Information Society (‘InfoSoc’) Directive (2001/29/EC) in December 2012. The Commission responded with the launch of the ‘Licences for Europe’ initiative, which will conclude on 13 November. Now,...Read More »

Copyright for Creativity Declaration for the Licences for Europe Mid-Term Review

Brussels, 4 July 2013 – On the occasion of today’s Licences for Europe (L4E) “plenary” meeting, the Copyright for Creativity (C4C) Coalition urges the European Commission to take a stock of the L4E process to date, and to have the courage to admit that the next steps in the process...Read More »

C4C welcomes the adoption of the Marrakech Treaty for visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities

C4C wishes to congratulate all of the organisations involved and especially two of its members, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), for their efforts in the negotiations to conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities...Read More »

C4C welcomes Fundacja Nowoczesna Polska

C4C is proud to welcome a new signatory. On May 29th 2013, the Fundacja Nowoczesna Polska (Modern Poland Foundation) signed on to our mission of sensible copyright policy in service of creativity, innovation, education, competitiveness and access to culture. Fundacja Nowoczesna Polska, which represents the general public and culture users, believes...Read More »

C4C signatories with other stakeholders from the research sector, SMEs and open access publishers withdraw from Licenses for Europe dialogue on text and data mining

C4C signatories LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), Coadec (Coalition for a Digital Economy), EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information, and Documentation Associations) and ENCES (European Network for Copyright in support of Education and Science) have sent a letter of withdrawal to the EU Commission with several other representatives from the research, SMEs and open access publishers sector, due to concerns...Read More »

Commission Reply Fails to Address Stakeholder Concerns

C4C finally got a reply to the letter we sent the European Commission earlier this year raising concerns about transparency and fairness in the Licensing Europe stakeholder dialogue workshops. Unfortunately, the response (click on the picture below for a full-size display) did little to address our concerns. Beyond thanking us for writing,...Read More »

PolicyBandwith Releases Fair Use/Fair Dealing Handbook

A useful resource on global fair use provisions comes by way of the newly released Fair Use/Fair Dealing Handbook. As Jonathan Band explains in his InfoJustice.org blog entry announcing the publication’s release, he and handbook co-author Jonathan Gerafi scoured the world for fair use and fair dealing statutes and collected dozens of them...Read More »

C4C Welcomes Coadec and Centrum Cyfrowe

C4C is proud to welcome two new members. On March 14, the Coalition for a Digital Economy ( Coadec) and the Warsaw-based Centrum Cyfrowe both signed on to our mission of sensible copyright policy in service of creativity, innovation, education, competitiveness and access to culture. Founded in 2010 by a group of entrepreneurs and others...Read More »

C4C Signs on to Letter Questioning Fairness of Stakeholder Dialogue Workshop

C4C has joined the long list of signatories on a letter to the EU Commission from participants in a recent Licensing Europe stakeholder workshop on text and data mining (TDM). The letter details “serious and deep-felt concerns “ about Working Group 4 on TDM for scientific and research purposes. Despite the workshop title, we...Read More »

C4C Renews Call for Fairness in "Licensing Europe" Process

C4C today sent a new communication to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. The C4C letter was sent on behalf of our members and non-member stakeholders to share “serious concerns with substantive and procedural aspects” of the Licensing Europe process. We highlighted the EU’s continued reliance on licensing as a one-size-fits all solution for...Read More »

C4C Members Hold Successful UNESCO Workshop on Shift from Ownership to Access Models

What exactly do you purchase when you buy an iTunes song or an ebook for your Kindle? And what are you allowed to do with it? These were the types of questions explored at a workshop organised by the International Federation of Libraries Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Computer and...Read More »

C4C Members Set to Participate as "Licensing Europe" Stakeholder Dialogues Get Underway

Several C4C members are slated to join the European Commission’s stakeholder dialogue working group sessions that begin next week as part the “Licensing Europe” initiative. C4C had been communicating with the Commission (including our recent letter to the Commissioners and President Barroso’s reply) to ensure that all stakeholders are being...Read More »

C4C Members Set to Participate as "Licensing Europe" Stakeholder Dialogues Get Underway

Several C4C members are slated to join the European Commission’s stakeholder dialogue working group sessions that begin next week as part the “Licensing Europe” initiative. C4C had been communicating with the Commission (including our recent letter to the Commissioners and Pres. Barroso’s reply) to ensure that all stakeholders are being heard, especially on the issue of augmenting...Read More »

Barnier Ignores L&E as IP Reform Tools

C4C remains concerned by the views of Michel Barnier, the member of the European Commission responsible for Internal Market and Services. The Licensing Europe stakeholder dialogues he is convening and his schedule of speaking to diverse groups – most recently at the MIDEM trade show this week for music industry professionals – would...Read More »

European Commission Encourages C4C Participation in "Licensing Europe" Initiative

The office of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has replied to C4C ’s recent letter to the Commission on the ongoing “Licensing Europe” initiative. C4C had voiced hopes that the commission include our members’ input and not focus too narrowly on licensing models at the expense of limitations and...Read More »

The Year in Review and the Year Ahead

Happy New Year from C4C! Even as we look ahead at what promises to be a dynamic year for copyright policy in 2013 – major efforts include the expected revisiting of the EU Copyright Directive and the European Commission’s “Licensing Europe” stakeholder dialogue just now getting underway – it’s worth looking...Read More »

C4C Tracks Latest Steps by UK to Implement Hargreaves Recommendations on IP

C4C has been encouraged by the UK Government’s willingness to implement suggestions from the report it commissioned in November 2010 by professor Ian Hargreaves. The ten recommendations in his resulting May 2011 Independent review of IP & growth were broadly adopted in the initial Government response three months later. Now the final part of the...Read More »

Global Congress Highlights Copyright Exceptions

C4C has closely followed the release of a global model for flexible copyright exceptions. And for good reason, as we found during the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest on December 16th. Member organizations from C4C attending the summit included CCIA, eIFL, EFF and KEI. A global model for flexible exceptions...Read More »

Prague Event Puts Spotlight on Copyright

C4C held a dynamic December 6 session on the evolution “From Gatekeeper to Door Opener: How Copyright Can Drive Innovation and Access in the 21st Century”. The Prague event brought together policymakers and representatives from the local library, consumer, rightsholder, NGO and business communities. Held under the auspices of the...Read More »

C4C Sends Letter to European Commissioners Ahead of Copyright Discussion

On November 30th, C4C transmitted a letter to the college of European Commissioners ahead of their December 5th orientation debate on copyright, led by the Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Michel Barnier. Commissioner Barnier outlined his vision for European copyright reform in a recent speech at the Brussels-based Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)...Read More »

A Snippet of Common Sense

Over the years, Internet users have grown accustomed to the convenience of small excerpts, or “snippets,” of content that appear as part of search results. The role of these granular samplings of text is pretty straightforward: to give users an idea how their search terms appear in the documents and...Read More »

C4C Hosts Event in Prague Under The Auspices Of Czech National Library, Ministry Of Culture

C4C is excited to organize a special event for Czech policymakers, civil servants and other interested stakeholders at the esteemed Hergetova Cihelná in Prague on December 6th, 2012. The event, which will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the National Library of the Czech Republic, will...Read More »

Licensing is the Flawed "Silver Bullet" to Copyright Problems

In one sense, we were glad to see Michel Barnier, a member of the European Commission responsible for Internal Market and Service, acknowledge last week at a speech in Brussels that European copyright doctrine should mesh with the realities of today’s Internet. We will no doubt see reams of analysis in the...Read More »

C4C Involved in "Licensing Europe" Stakeholder Dialogues

C4C is coordinating our research institutions, libraries and other industry members to participate in the European Commission’s “Licensing Europe” initiative that is now progressing to the stakeholder dialogue phase. It is important to ensure C4C stakeholders are represented in the discussions; the Commission has noted a particular need for more research institutions to weigh...Read More »

EC Proposes Directive to Improve CRM, Multi-territorial licensing

The European Commission has recently put forward a proposal on collective rights management and multi-territorial licensing for the Single Market. The overall goal of the proposed Directive is to modernize collecting societies and promote greater transparency and efficiency. The Commission sees this as essential to advance the cross-border, multi-territorial licensing...Read More »

EU Commission Provides Update on EUROPEANA Implementation

The European Commission has recently published an update on its digitisation efforts. Some of the highlights: Europeana now contains more than 23 million records from more than 2200 institutions; Among some of the recent improvements is a dedicated, digital collection of artefacts from the first world war; To make it easier to search its database and add...Read More »

EC, Publishers and DSPs hold meeting on eBooks, Sign Declaration

On Tuesday, European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroos held a meeting with major publishers, digital service providers (DSPs) like Amazon and Google and a few authors representatives to discuss the future of the digital book economy in Europe (see attendee list). The discussions focused mainly on copyright and digital rights management, identified by the...Read More »

C4C Holds Two Succesful Events for European Policymakers with Libraries, Consumers at the Library of the European Parliament, Brussels

On May 30th, C4C, in cooperation with library and consumer organisations, co-organised two events on copyright limitations and exceptions in the library of the European Parliament in Brussels. The events, which were hosted by Dutch Member of Parliament Marietje Schaake, focused on how copyright could better serve the needs of...Read More »

C4C to Co-host Two Outreach Events in Brussels with Consumers, Library Organisations

C4C will be organising two special events in the library of the European Parliament in Brussels on May 30th: 09:30 – 12:45: Index or Footnote? How to ensure that libraries power the information society 13:45 – 17:15: I Want It Now! Creators addressing consumers’ needs in the digital age The events will be...Read More »

iCommons Signs C4C Declaration

iCommon signed on to the Copyright for Creativity Declaration today to become the 27th signatory organisation. iCommons Ltd is a UK charity that was established by Creative Commons to promote open sharing on a global basis. It represent users of information, knowledge and culture. The membership is limited to charitable entities...Read More »

JISC publishes report on data mining in the UK, in favor for copyright exceptions the Wellcome Trust calls “a complete no-brainer”

JISC, a UK think tank providing advice on the use of information technology to higher education and research institutions, published an extensive report on data mining in the UK on March 14th. To tap the full potential of data mining for innovation and scientific development, the authors call for a copyright...Read More »

Green Paper on Irish Copyright Review Published

Last week the Irish Copyright Review Committee published a Greenpaper that seeks to identify possible barriers to innovation in the Irish Copyright framework. Copyright For Creativity, which held an outreach event in Dublin in January to connect with Irish Copyright experts and policymakers, commends the members of the Review Committee...Read More »

C4C Publishes Statement on Proposed Orphan Works Directive

On March 1st, Copyright For Creativity published a Statement on the proposed Orphan Works Directive. The Statement was sent to the MEPs on the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) and key members of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and Culture and Education (CULT) Committees. By their very nature orphan...Read More »

European Parliament Passes Resolution Calling for Binding International Exceptions for the Blind

Last week, the European Parliament endorsed a resolution calling on the European Council and the Commission to support a binding international treaty at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The petition was put originally forward by Dan Pescod on behalf of the World Blind Union, the European Blind Union and...Read More »

Libraries, Archives and the Information Revolution -– A C4C Event for Irish and European Policymakers at Trinity College Library in Dublin

Toby BaintonOn 17th January, C4C invited a group of Irish and EU policy makers and their staff, and representatives from business, libraries and research institutions, licensing agencies and the music sector to the venerable Trinity College Library in Dublin to discuss copyright challenges from the perspective of libraries and research institutions. The...Read More »

The Black Hole of European Film History

DG INFOSOC released a study on the challenges of the European film heritage institutions last week. The report, which was produced by the consultancy firm Peacefulfish, presents a dire image of the status of European film preservation. The authors conclude that without legal changes and additional resources, a large parts...Read More »

LACA Signs C4C Declaration

The Libraries and Archives Copyright Allicance (LACA) signed on to the Copyright for Creativity Declaration today to become the 26th signatory organisation. LACA is an United Kingdom umbrella group convened by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and advocates for a fair and balanced copyright regime that delivers...Read More »

Join C4C for a Special Event at Trinity College Library in Dublin

C4C is excited to join Irish and European Parliamentarians, civil servants and the Irish library community for a special event at the esteemed Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland on 17th January 2012. The theme of the event will be “Libraries, Archives and the Information Revolution: How to Square the Circle...Read More »

EU Recommendation to Digitise Europe's Cultural Treasures

The Commission adopted a Recommendation last week that intends to stimulate the digitisation of cultural works and artefacts. EU Member States are asked to make more resources available and enter into partnership agreements with the private sector to increase the number of cultural artefacts available online. The initiative, which invites member...Read More »

EU Consultation on Online Distribution of Audiovisual Works

The European Commission is currently holding a public consultation on its green paper on the online distribution of audiovisual works ending on Friday, November 18th. The paper aims to facilitate a single market for the distribution of audiovisual works online and focuses on two areas in particular: rights clearance issues with...Read More »

Commission Vice-President Kroes speaks on e-publishing

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes delivered a speech during the Frankfurt book fair yesterday where she laied our her ideas for the e-publishing sector. The full text is available here. Here is a short summary of her speech: Digitisation of cultural works ICT companies, rights holders and libraries must work together closely to...Read More »

British Library/ARROW Study on Orphan Works

Major ARROW study demonstrates key issues in clearing the rights of Orphan Works from 1870-2010 and the importance of the ARROW system The British Library, as part of the wider EU funded ARROW (Accessible Registries of Rights Information and Orphan Works) project [1], has today published a study into rights clearance...Read More »

CCIA Publishes Report on US 'Fair Use' Economy

The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), a C4C member and policy advocacy group representing a broad cross-section of the high-tech sector, announced the release of the latest edition of its “fair use economy” study in the U.S. – a short study of the the economic contributions of industries that rely on limitations to, and not...Read More »

C4C reaches out to European policy makers in Brussels

C4C held a successful dinner event at the European Parliament in Brussels on June 14th. A total of 37 guests followed our invitation to discuss the needs of creators, archivists, and educators in transforming creative works and how the European copyright framework could be improved to meet their challenges. Participants included...Read More »

UK Review on IP and Growth Calls for Implementation of all available copyright flexibilities

On May 18th, Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University, published a report entitled “Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth”. According to UK Prime Minister James Cameron, who commissioned the report, the review was needed because the current IP framework in the UK might not be well designed...Read More »

C4C to hold a special dinner at the European Parliament in June

Copyright for Creativity will be hosting a Dinner for European Parliamentarians, Commissioners and other policy-makers on the evening of the 21st June at the European Parliament in Brussels. The theme of this evening will be “Copyright and Creativity in the Digital Age: The Shared Needs of Creators, Archivists, and Educators in Altering,...Read More »

Dutch Government Proposes 21st Century Copyright Vision

Teeven van Veiligheid, the Dutch Secretary of State for Justice has recently published a letter outlining the Governments vision on copyright. The letter is only available in Dutch but Wouter Schallier, Executive Director of LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, has kindly offered to summarise the text in English...Read More »

BEUC Publishes Brochure on Intellectual Property Rights

BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation and C4C signatory has recently released a brochure on Intellectual Property Rights entitled How to make IPRs work for both creators & consumers. The document includes a number of practical examples and highlights the key elements for a consumer-friendly and forward-looking IP strategy: balanced rights, access and diversity, fair...Read More »

Copyright for Creativity Hosts Reception for Dutch Parliamentarians, MEPs in The Hague

Copyright for Creativity will be hosting European and Dutch parliamentarians, policymakers and senior members of the international library community for drinks and conversation on the evening of 13th April in The Hague, on the eve of the IFLA Presidential Meeting “Libraries Driving Access to Knowledge: Action for Europe“. This is an...Read More »

Treasures of the Past, Challenges of the Present A Day at the British Library for European and National Policymakers

On February 11th, a cross-party group of European Parliament members and their staff, members of the UK House of Lords and Commons and their staff, UK government representation and representatives of industry, libraries and research institutions, and world-renowned musical performers and composers met at the British Library to discuss the...Read More »

We Had a Great 2010, More Members, Events Expected in 2011

Copyright for Creativity had a great 2010, especially considering it only launched in May. We enjoyed a 56% increase in membership over the course of the year, and our first events of 2011 are already well on the way to fruition. Leading the way is a special event in February...Read More »