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   Posted 8/26/2016 7:50 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
With the following letter to the European parliament european creators hope to bundle forces for a more fair use of the internet. Internet giants like YouTube, Facebook and many more generate billions of euros with the use of music, film, art, etcetera but hardly allow any of that generated income to be redistributed to the creators of that music, film, art, etcetera. This is possible because of outdated legislation worldwide and we urge world leaders to rectify this injustice as soon as possible. On September 21st the European Commission will propose a reform of the legislation on copyrights, but this reform is by no means thorough enough.
Please sign the petition to accompany the letter to president Juncker of the European union and him to do everything in his power to guarantee a fit-for-purpose copyright reform. One that will not tolerate an economic and legal loophole for free riders, or the perpetuation of unacceptable harm to creativity and economic growth in Europe.


Dear President Juncker,

We, authors from all artistic sectors, ask that your announced legislative proposal on copyright be a reflection of the needs of creators and their struggle to get a fair deal from the online use of their works. We ask that today more than ever you acknowledge the importance of culture for our united and diverse European identity.

Our sector is one of Europe's top employers and contributes to the continent's force and wealth. Yet emerging artists and the next generation of creators are faced with an unsustainable situation where earning a living from their work is progressively put at risk.

Today, our works can instantly reach far and wide thanks to the Internet, and consumers increasingly rely solely on online access to music, films, TV shows, photos, images, etc. We embrace easier, wider and faster access to works and want consumers to enjoy this opportunity, but only if fair and negotiated remuneration follows.

The dominant players on the market, like YouTube, are platforms built on user uploaded or aggregated content that don't or only barely provide remuneration for our works. Worse yet, the fact that these platforms get away with this pulls the entire market value of creative works down in a never ending race to the bottom.

Start-ups and legitimate businesses are faced with inefficient market conditions, and creators are consistently harmed. It’s time to put an end to this! We want creative and artistic careers to exist and to be a viable choice for the next generation of Europeans.

The gravity of this problem calls for more than light fixes. Legislation should acknowledge that the platforms that play a key role in providing access to copyright protected content, whether it be user uploaded or aggregated, should no longer be able to escape liability for their copyright related activities.

Creators worldwide are being harmed by this outdated legislation. And all over the world, governments are waking up to this reality. This is an unprecedented opportunity for Europe to lead a movement that rebalances the market so that creators, consumers and smaller businesses alike get the best possible deal.

We urge you, Mr President, to do everything in your power to guarantee a fit-for-purpose copyright reform. One that will not tolerate an economic and legal loophole for free riders, or the perpetuation of unacceptable harm to creativity and economic growth in Europe.



You can sign the petition here:
makeinternetfair.eu/?q=en/node/1


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   Posted 8/26/2016 8:08 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
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   Posted 8/26/2016 8:45 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Just signed too.


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   Posted 8/26/2016 9:28 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'm not clear what it is you are asking for, exactly. Should Google pay me for content that I put onto YouTube? Or do you want them to hire a team to check every upload for copyright? (There's something like over 60 minutes of footage uploaded every minute.)

This article on Spain's decision to tax Google for news aggregation makes for interesting reading: faced with a large bill for displaying search results, Google simply closed down Google news in Spain. The result was a huge drop in traffic to Spanish news websites.
arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/07/new-study-shows-spains-google-tax-has-been-a-disaster-for-publishers/


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   Posted 8/26/2016 9:58 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Wiggy, I would hope (forlornly perhaps) that a 'fit-for-purpose copyright reform' might be adequately prepared and researched. The present situation is not much good, but I certainly agree with you that we do not want to replace it with something worse, nor should we inhibit the dissemination of ideas (including music) to the widest possible public.

I signed because I want the matter to be taken seriously, not because I think anybody has yet suggested a viable solution.


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   Posted 8/26/2016 10:16 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Quite right. I have forgotten to complement my message above with the link to more extensive information on the 'transfer of value'"

http://www.authorsocieties.eu/mediaroom/234/33/Transfer-of-value-explained

My sincere apologies.


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   Posted 9/15/2016 6:34 AM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The proposal of the European Commission for a directive on online use of music has been published.
The petition together with almost 25.000 signatures has made some impact apparently, as intermediates (such as YouTube and Soundcloud) can no longer hide behind the safe harbour-regulation in the new proposal (see from point 37 on, page 20). Hosting providers who still can rely on the safe harbour-regulation must provide technology that protects uploaded material.
Of course we're still years removed from effective legislation, but it's a firm step in the right direction, I think.

The complete text of the proposal:

ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2016/EN/1-2016-593-EN-F1-1.PDF


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   Posted 9/15/2016 2:17 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'm not quite sure what's being requested here. I do know what will be created. There will be a new, large, bureaucratic entity that will regulate the minutiae ownership of music (and other creative endeavors).


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   Posted 9/15/2016 11:19 PM (GMT -5)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
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