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FROM ONE PIRATE TO THE OTHER : Global mobilization for the Protection of Intellectual Property

Web review - 10/04/2015

While the Forum d'Avignon just published an open letter to President Juncker 'Making copyright a priority of cultural Europe' in Les Echos on April 10th, 2015 on the occasion of its debate 'Copyright 'Made in Europe' at the Odeon Theatre of Europe, it is time to remember that the issues of copyright are not only French or European, but global.

The defense of copyright is not only a French exception

By signing on March 31st, 2015 in Berlin a Franco-German joint statement on copyright, Ms. Pellerin and Mr. Maas recall that the copyright issue is not a "French exception": copyright "must be promoted and preserved as the foundation of creative activity, while ensuring the inclusion of innovations in technologies, business models and usage habits." In counterpoint, Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA) broadcast the London Manifesto, which supports a "fair copyright" within 10 proposals centered on Open Access.

Since the submission of its report that has been a hot topic of debate (generating more than 900 amendments by MEPs), Julia Reda seeks to eliminate the concerns of creators in front of the Committee on Culture, Education and Communication of the French Senate on April 2nd in the preamble to her speech: "the report [...] should not be misinterpreted as a total rewrite of the legislation on copyright and related rights." She is not the only one, the European Commissioners – continuing their consultations - announced the decline of the date of deposit of their proposal.

On the financing of creation’s side, the initiatives are multiplying: the independent European cinema proposes taxing the bandwidth to preserve the audiovisual ecosystem. For her part, the French Minister of Culture and Communication announced measures to 'block money' from sites that profit from pirated files with a charter with advertising agencies.

In the meantime, far from Europe…

The fight against pirates is itself showing creativity especially in Australia, for example, where the rights holders of the film Dallas Buyers Club recently demanded from ISP the contacts of customers whose IP addresses were identified as having been used in the illegal downloading of the film. In the United States where companies defending intellectual property are forced to wave the First Amendment of the US Constitution to justify their actions: IP address tracking through the use of subpoenas from individuals suspected of copyright abuse to the repeated calls by robots on pirates’ mobile phones. While on the Canadian side, recent reforms of copyright promote geo-blocking which condemns the use of the US Netflix, according to the law firm Fasken Martineau quoted by the Huffington Post... Recognizing the risk of a cropped legal offer, the SVOD service, as for it, calls for the end of the territoriality of rights.

These are some evidences which show that beyond the differences between “droits d’auteur” & copyright, between collective and individual management, global cultural industry has a common enemy: the hacker. And the answer must be at the same time political, technical, legal and cultural.


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