[pp.int.general] [pp-leaders] What have you done in 2015 to support copyright reform?

Mozart Palmer mozart.palmer at pirateparty.org.au
Tue Feb 24 00:34:24 CET 2015

I can't say that either Pirate Party Australia or myself have contacted our
MEPs, for obvious reasons. =P

Nevertheless, throughout 2014 there were concernsabout the Australian
Government's plans to introduce various methods of "tackling" online
copyright infringement, specifically including some sort of
three-strikes/graduated response system and website blocking that everyone
is by now familiar with.

At the moment, little movement has happened on these plans in 2015, but
Pirate Party Australia did do substantial work on this, including
attendance at a public forum on the issue, during 2014.

We have written submissions to public inquiries throughout 2014, and those
relevant to copyright reform include:

* a submission on the Attorney-General's Department's "Online Copyright
Infringement Discussion Paper" opposing graduated response and website
blocking, and
* a submission on the Attorney-General's Department's "Marrakesh Treaty
Implementation Options Paper" arguing for broad implementation of copyright
exceptions that would be compatible with the aims of the Treaty (which are
to improve access to content for the blind and otherwise visually impaired).

Both are available from http://pirateparty.org.au/submissions

As for copyright reform in 2015, we anticipate legislation on both online
copyright infringement and the Marrakesh Treaty within the coming months.
These are expected to be the subject of parliamentary inquiries if or when
they appear.

Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer
Press and Inquiries Officer
Pirate Party Australia

On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 1:54 AM, <hyazinthe at emailn.de> wrote:

> Hi all actors reading this,
> what have you done in 2015 to support copyright reform in pirate interest?
> You know that our aim of a copyright reform making copyright socially
> balanced
> and up-to-date is the big bang of the pirate movement; it's the reason why
> we
> are all here and the reason of all pirate structure. It's extremely
> important, that
> we escort the copyright report of our pirate Julia Reda MEP as good as
> possible
> through the parlamentary process.
> So, what have you done ?
> Have you already look up your country’s MEPs among the
> report’s shadow rapporteurs -
> https://juliareda.eu/eu-copyright-evaluation/#shadows -
> in the Legal Affairs committee -
> http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/juri/members.html -
> (which is driving the report)
> and in the Internal Market -
> http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/imco/members.html -
> and Culture committees -
> http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/cult/members.html - (which
> are providing opinions)
> and picked up a phone (! far more effective than e-mail) and asked them to
> support the copyright report of Julia Reda ?
> Or, if you have little time and know how in copyright, have you already
> told the aforementioned MEPs, that
> you've heard about the copyright report by the news and were surprised
> that with this copyright report finally
> the EU seems to do politics in interest of the public, instead of against
> the public ?
> Have you already told them which additional reform proposals you’d like to
> see in it?
> Have you already called shadow rapporteur EFDD Laura Ferrara MEP (Italy) -
> https://juliareda.eu/2014/12/eu-copyright-evaluation/#shadows -
> who is the one shadow rapporteur of all shadow rapporteurs, who is most
> likely interested in picking up concrete pirate demands,
> via phone (!) and suggest her to make an amendment to the copyright report
> of Julia Reda, which
> legalizes non-commercial copying and online distribution of copyright
> protected works and
> reasoned with striking arguments like for instance that without this step
> copyright never will
> be accepted by the public or that the majority of copyright studies prompt
> this step, as the majority of
> copyright studies has shown, that non-commercial filesharing is not
> harmful to business, but even
> conductive to business -
> https://wiki.laquadrature.net/Studies_on_file_sharing ?
> Have you already - which would be especially effective - contact your
> local digital rights organization, library association, remix artist or
> other
> party, which is interested in relaxing copyright, and ask them about their
> plan to support this fight for a copyright reform, which makes
> copyright socially balanced and up-to-date, and offer to help ?
> Have you already written a critic/statement about the copyright report, in
> which you concretely
> say that the report goes not far enough in making copyright more relaxed,
> and needs to
> contain abolishment of copyright levies, copyright term shortening on 25
> years after a copyright
> protected work got published, legalization of non-commercial filesharing,
> a revision of international
> treaties like the TRIPS agreement, in order to make copyright more
> relaxed, and went with
> this statement to an appropriate NGO and offered them this statement for
> taking it and sending
> it as the NGO's statement to the aforementioned MEPs ?
> Have you already started discussion threads in external forums about the
> copyright reform
> process and asked the audience, to participate like sketched in the
> aforementioned questions ?
> Finally I'd like to empathize, that this thread here is NOT meant to be
> for moaning about the copyright report of our pirate Julia Reda MEP, but
> for looking forward and getting
> active and making the best of the current situationn. So, if someone
> starts going off-topic and moan,
> that the copyright report is not radical enough and too much of a
> compromise, then please ignore it;
> let's keep everything constructive and practically useful.
> Greetings,
> Torben Lechner
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