The European Union is deliberating a copyright reform. For Wikimedia there are potentially three positive and two negative changes on the table which will predefine what we can include in our projects:
Exception for education
Public domain safeguard
Freedom of panorama exception
Compulsory upload filters for user-generated content platforms
The reform has been proposed back in September 2016, but is expected to be its decisive phase somewhere around summer 2018. Wikimedia staff and European volunteers have been working to influence the process. This talk will give an insight about the status, our work the necessary and likely compromises.
This talk will examine the EU copyright reform against the backdrop of a particular European public policy narrative:
Many politicians in the EU see copyright legislation as a fight between internet giants (Google, Facebook) on one hand and the content industries (music, film) on the other. Wikimedia is often accused to be taking a side in this contest.
How we deal with such insinuations and ensure we build a neutral public image with free knowledge at its core shall be the recurrent theme of this talk.
The Community is up to date about our public policy activities in the EU and knows what kind of copyright reform to expect.
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