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

hyazinthe at emailn.de hyazinthe at emailn.de
Tue Mar 17 14:02:38 CET 2015

Today I wanted to call 3 MEPs via the recently released copyright initiative of La Quadrature du Net: http://www.laquadrature.net/en/urgent-the-positive-reform-of-copyright-is-being-pirated-in-the-european-parliament

La Quadrature provides a fantastic service with this website; it even enables you to call your MEPs for free.
At least in theory, because in my practice the line always was reserved/used by someone else before me.
When I've encountered this situation, then I simply tried to call the MEP regularly... at least in theory, because
in my practice, I've never ever got a direct conversation with an MEP by this way, yet.
I always got to talk with their employees and practicants, so far.
For citizens that's really a shitty experience. But what shall we net activists do ? Take what is there and live with it...

At first I tried to call Angelika Niebler (PPE, GERMANY); I've agreed with her employee to send her an e-mail where I
tell her my view on the Reda report from my view as author and user.

Then I tried to call Axel VOSS ( PPE, GERMANY ) and told his employee, who noted my input, that I'd really appreciate it,
if Mr. Voss would support the Reda report, because
architects are breaking copyright all the time in their daily work and can't afford having another complexity layer on their
work by constantly considering that they can't simply put the nice pic found via google search in their commercial architecture
presentation, and that they can't simply modify a font used in their commercial architecture presentation, and need to find
2nd choice alternatives to all of such cases.
Additionally, I've told him that user's daily use of the web needs to be legalized, because there's no valid reason to
not do so, considering that even in the most controversial case, non-commercial filesharing of copyright protected works,
the study of the EU commission said, that it doesn't do harm; and because in general the majority of studies in copyright research
are heading for the same direction if not even showing, that this usage is conductive to business.

Thirdly I've tried to call Mr. Wieland (PPE, GERMANY) and agreed with his employee that Mr. Wieland will call me back on
the topic, I want to talk with him.

My biggest fail so far is, that I have managed to bring an NGO to take my input as their own statement and send it to
the MEPs, but I simply still don't gave them the input. I simply don't find the time to do so !!! It's an ass full of work to
create a statement to the Reda Report from the scratch.
Particulaly, as additionally I'm getting engaged in the resurrection of our successful copywrongs initiative by attending
the work meetings every wednesday on the mumble server "Young Pirates EU" on 8 p.m. and doing stuff for the group there;
please also be at these meetings; it's not hard, simply enter mumble, server "Young Pirates EU", at 8 p.m.

That was my wednesday noon, 17.03.15. I'd like to here reports of you, how you currently are supporting copyright reform.

Torben Lechner

--- Ursprüngliche Nachricht ---
Von: <hyazinthe at emailn.de>
Datum: 23.02.2015 15:54:30
An: pp-leaders at lists.pp-international.net, pp.international.general at lists.pirateweb.net
Betreff: What have you done in 2015 to support copyright reform?

> 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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