While recently leaked plans by the EU commission mostly ignore pressing issues regarding transformative use and remix, the non-profit Mozilla Foundation – owner of Firefox developing Mozilla corporation – launched a petition on the matter entitled “Make – Create – Innovate” with three main aims:
- Update EU copyright law for the 21st century: ” The EU’s current copyright laws were passed in 2001, before most of us had smartphones. We need to update and harmonise the rules to create room to tinker, create, share, and learn on the internet. Education, parody, panorama, remix, and analysis shouldn’t be unlawful.”
- Build in openness and flexibility to foster innovation and creativity: “Mashups, memes, and GIFs are all examples of modern Internet culture. Copyrighted works are remixed, reimagined, and reused in new and creative ways every day. These elements build on existing ideas in a way that breathes new meaning into old content. […] We need to build into the law flexibility, through a UGC exception and a clause like an open norm, fair dealing, or fair use, to empower everyday people to shape culture and conversations online and keep the Internet awesome.”
- Don’t break the internet: “We need to defend the principle of innovation without permission in copyright law. Abandoning it by holding platforms liable for everything that happens online would have an immense chilling effect on speech, and would take away one of the best parts of the internet — the ability to innovate and breathe new meaning into old content.”
Overall, this reads quite like the suggestions made in the right2remix initiative and we full-heartedly endors supporting the petition over here.
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