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Thursday, 29th January 2015

The Copyright Manifesto: How the European Union should Support Innovation and Creativity through Copyright Reform

Source: Copyright for Creativity - a Declaration for Europe

From: Why Does Copyright Reform Matter?

In a digital borderless world, Europeans discover regularly (and with increasing frustration) that they cannot access the same content across the EU. This was crystal clear from their responses to the European Commission 2014 consultation, which showed that copyright law in the EU is perceived as both “arbitrary and unpredictable”.

Moreover, parents do not always understand if what their child do online is in line with copyright rules, nor can they honestly explain the rules to them; teachers and researchers are unsure of what they can and cannot share with students and colleagues and to what extent they can use digital tools to enhance their work; every online user could be breaching copyright rules unwillingly and unknowingly on a daily basis, as a behaviour that is legal in their country could be illegal in another one (or something they could do offline is not allowed online)....

Many of the most successful online services are based on reasonable exceptions and limitations to copyright.

Yet, with Europe’s fragmented rules, businesses have a hard time launching Europe-wide services, or even national services that are accessible online...

The patchwork of rules makes it really hard for a company to know whether or not their services will be legal in one Member State, let alone in all of the EU.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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