[Fsfe-ie] Software freedom arguments against copyright extension

Anthony Clearn aclearn at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Apr 12 00:42:03 CEST 2011


I think a focus on education could be one point of interest. With the 
current trend in OER this may be relevant.

I haven't had time to pick these apart but perhaps to start they are of 
some benefit




All from http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=audio+copyright+education

I would like to contribute to this. Perhaps an etherpad page could be 
useful, would piratepad suit or is there a better host?

Regards, Anthony.

On 11/04/11 14:02, Ciarán O'Riordan wrote:
> There's a proposal for an EU directive to lengthen copyright for certain
> works.  We sent an IFSO mail today (text below) to the only Irish MEP on the
> European Parliament's legal affairs committee (JURI), Brian Crowley (FF).
> Our mail was brief because it's such short notice, but when we have to write
> another letter later on in the process, what software freedom arguments
> should we use, and what documents back up those arguments?
> Arguments are easy to find, but *free software* arguments, in a form for a
> non-programmer, are tougher - but it's what we need.
> Any ideas?
> The dossier for the proposed directive is here:
> http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/file.jsp?id=5667672
> ========================8<----------------------------
> Dear Mr. Crowley,
> Irish Free Software Organisation (IFSO) opposes the extension of copyright
> which may be put to a vote in JURI today or tomorrow, and we ask that you do
> the same.  Further, we ask for your support in requesting a new first
> reading for this proposed directive.
> Software companies with dominant market positions are increasingly using the
> copyright of cultural works as a barrier to block other software developers.
> Due to Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), music lovers can be required
> to use the software of a small group of "approved" large software companies,
> or be blocked from listening to DRM'd music.
> A few large companies are protected from competition, and the majority of
> software developers are locked out - including all the "small artists" of
> the software field.
> For people who object to DRM, or who don't find any acceptable software
> among the "approved" group, there is still public domain works.  Extending
> copyright impoverishes the public domain and our cultural heritage.
> Below is a selection of links to independent studies highlighting the harms
> of copyright extension.
> Yours sincerely,
> Ciarán O'Riordan, +32 487 64 17 54
> Irish Free Software Organisation
> http://ifso.ie/
>   1. 8 Universities and policy centres issued this 2-page
>      statement about how the proposal would harm Europe's culture
>      and economy:
>      http://www.cippm.org.uk/downloads/Press%20Release%20Copyright%20Extension.pdf
>   2. UK government's "Gower's review", which concluded that:
>      "The European Commission should retain the length of
>       protection on sound recordings and performers’ rights at 50
>       years."  (page "56" - which is the 60th page of the PDF document)
>      http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/pbr06_gowers_report_755.pdf
>   3. Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam:
>      "Never Forever: Why Extending the Term of Protection for Sound
>      Recordings is a Bad Idea"
>      http://www.ivir.nl/publications/helberger/EIPR_2008_5.pdf
> ========================8<----------------------------

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