The long-discussed European Copyright review seems to gradually become a reality, as the European Commission (EC) published its plan for a ‘modern, more European copyright framework’ on 9 December, 2015.
The EC starts on the right foot, by (1) acknowledging the need for EU copyright rules that are up-to-date, properly transposed, enforced and understood on the ground, and by (2) wanting to increase the level of harmonisation and to make ‘relevant’ exceptions mandatory and ensuring their cross-border functioning.
Nevertheless, the feeling still creeps up that real ambition is missing. A more profound reshuffle of exceptions should have been covered in order to enable and support more broadly creativity and innovation.
The EC copyright reform proposal is expected for September 2016, so the time is now to #FixCopyright. The European Parliament and EU Member States will discuss these proposals in 2016-2017, and we need you to help steer the debate in the right direction.
This session sets the scene of what to expect from the EC’s proposal, and kicks-off the Copyright for Creativity’s (C4C) new #FixCopyright campaign advocating for a more ambitious 21st century copyright reform.
Last but not least, join us afterwards for a reception to mingle and discuss how we can #FixCopyright together!
Created in 2010, C4C is a broad-based coalition that seeks an informed debate on how copyright can more effectively promote innovation, access, and creativity. C4C represents libraries, scientific and research institutions, consumers, digital rights groups, technology businesses, and educational and cultural heritage institutions that share a common view on copyright embodied by C4C's Declaration and its Copyright Manifesto. Find out more on the C4C website.