Copyright for the Digital Age


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Presentation for UNESCO Conference with Moroccan Internet Society on Freedom of Expression over the Internet,
Marrakech, Morocco, 16 February 2013

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Copyright for the Digital Age

  1. Copyright for the digital age
  2. Copyright for the digital age Gregory Engels, Co-Chairman Pirate Parties International (PPI)Presentation for UNESCO Conference with Moroccan Internet Society on Freedom of Expression over the Internet, Marrakech, Morocco, 16 February 2013.
  3. Some Rights Reserved• Copyright 2013 by Gregory Engels, Pirate Parties International. Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 License
  4. “Even the good become pirates in aworld where the rules seem absurd.” Lawrence Lessing - Remix
  5. Pirate Parties International (PPI)• Founded April 2010 in Brussels• 29 Pirate Parties from 5 continents• rapidly growing movement Source:
  6. Gregory Engels• Co-Chairman of Pirate Party International• Entrepreneur• Live in Germany Source: Spiegel
  7. Copyright - an Overview• Originated 1710 in Statute of Anne • Printers were given exclusive power to print (and obligation to censor) literary works• has faced constant extension ever since
  8. Source: Copyright advertisement from the New York Clipper, 1906.
  9. Problems• The interest of content industry has taken precedence over those of authors and consumers
  10. Problems• Today there are more copyrighted works being produced every minute then during the course of the whole XIX Century
  11. Source: Visual News
  12. We are here
  13. Problems• Copyright laws inhibit creation of new works
  14. Source: youtube
  15. Problemsattempts to applycopyright laws onnew technologies inhibit progress cc-by
  16. Creative Commons• A license set that allows an author to abandon voluntarily a some of his rights, under certain conditions• Allows for non commercial usage• Not possible in many countries, including Morocco, where authors rights are unalienable
  17. Open Access• Idea that scientific research papers should be free accessible• 10% of all scientific publications as of today• 100% of OA journals use CC licenses
  18. CC-BY SASI Research Group 2010
  19. Open Data• free access to machine readable public datasets• depends on availability of free licenses (often Creative Commons)
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  21. Remix• creation of new works by utilizing existing works• the current Copyright system inhibit remixing heavily
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  23. Orphan Works• impracticability of searching for rights holder of abandoned works• danger of cultural loss
  24. cc-by-nc-sa Brandon Woods
  25. Fair Use• The current copyright model inhibits use of works in educational environment
  26. cc-by-nc-sa-nd libraryonthemove
  27. Policy Recommendations• If you go to change only three thing in Copyright, change this: • allow free licenses like Creative Commons • significantly lessen protection periods • introduce fair use clause
  28. Contact me• Twitter: @dichter• Email Gregory.Engels [௹] pp-
  29. Sources and used material• view=infographic•••••• Cover photograf cc-by-nc-nd by Adam Lambert Adam-Lambert-Age-of-aquarius-277054927