Only you can #fixcopyright but you need to start acting now!

The European Parliament (EP) is discussing the European Commission (EC) proposal for a new European directive on copyright, that will endanger education and scientific research, freedom of expression and freedom of information.

The Members of European Parliament (MEP) submitted amendments to the EC’s proposal that are now being discussed and voted in EP’s committees according with the following timetable, taken from Julia Reda’s Website:

June 29, 2017 LIBE Vote on opinion
July 11, 2017? ITRE Vote on opinion
July 11, 2017 CULT Vote on opinion
July 12 or 13, 2017 JURI Debate of report amendments
September 7, 2017 JURI Debate of compromise amendments
October 9 or 10, 2017 JURI Vote on report
Winter 2017? EU Parliament Plenary Vote on report

We all need to contact our representatives in the European Parliament (MEPs) and tell them:
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments that widen the scope of the TDM exception. Everyone that has legal access to texts and data should be allowed to mine those texts and data. The right to read is the right to mine. EC wants to allow only research centres to do TDM, and only for non commercial purposes, prohibiting startups, public entities, cultural heritage institutions, journalists and citizens to do it;
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments related with technological measures. Technological measures (DRM) kill your right to exercise copyright exceptions in education, scientific research, cultural heritage, etc. We need to change this and now there’s an opportunity: if those amendments are approved, technological measures will never stop citizens from exercising the exceptions again in Europe. The best part is those amendments do not change the rightholder’s rights, they will have exactly the same rights, they can still use technological measures (DRM) in their works and DRM will still be protected by law;
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments that extend the copyright exception for education and reject a licensing system and levies, that educational entities cannot afford;
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments that reject article 11º (publishers’ rights). EC wants to create a new 20 years related right to be given to news’ publishers, endangering the sharing of links with snippets or a title to a new’s article. A similar law didn’t work in Germany and was disastrous in Spain. It is also an abject limitation on freedom of expression and access to information and independent academics unanimously oppose to extra copyright for news sites;
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments that create a new exception for user generated content;
  • to support and vote favourably on those amendments that harmonise the panorama exception.

Last Friday, the European People’s Party (EPP), the party with more MEPs (and votes) in the European Parliament, adopted a position on EC proposal that, if approved, will take Europe to the dark ages.

We all need to contact our representative MEPs!

The contacts of MEPs can be found in the EP’s page. The most important vote is JURI Committee vote, so if you don’t have time to contact all your representatives, you should prioritise JURI’s. Check your country below to see how to contact your representatives:

If you are from Czech Republic, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: pavel.svoboda [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45303

Email: jiri.mastalka [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45905

If you are from Poland, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: lidiajoanna.geringerdeoedenberg [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45809

Email: tadeusz.zwiefka [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45258

Email: kosma.zlotowski [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45775

Stanisław ŻÓŁTEK
Email: stanislawjozef.zoltek [at]
Brussels Office Phone: ++32(0)2 28 45603

If you are from France, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Jean-Marie CAVADA
Email: jean-marie.cavada [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45367

Email: joelle.bergeron [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45295

Marie-Christine BOUTONNET
Email: marie-christine.boutonnet [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45602

Email: gilles.lebreton [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45817

Email: pascal.durand [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45161

Constance LE GRIP
Email: constance.legrip [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45120

Virginie ROZIÈRE
Email: virginie.roziere [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45408

If you are from Italy, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: laura.ferrara [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45410

Email: enrico.gasbarra [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45410

Email: isabella.adinolfi [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45714

Email: mario.borghezio [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45704

Sergio Gaetano COFFERATI
Email: sergio.cofferati [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45513

Stefano MAULLU
Email: stefano.maullu [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45219

If you are from Luxembourg, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: smady.delvaux-stehres [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45136

If you are from Sweden, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: max.andersson [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45457

Email: jytte.guteland [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45694

If you are from Greece, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: kostas.chrysogonos [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45405

If you are from Ireland, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: briancrowleymep [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45751

If you are from Spain, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: rosa.estaras [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45163

Email: luis.degrandespascual [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45512

If you are from United Kingdom, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: mary.honeyball [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45209

Sajjad KARIM
Email: sajjad.karim [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45640

Email: jane.collins [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45104

If you are from Germany, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Sylvia-Yvonne KAUFMANN
Email: sylvia-yvonne.kaufmann [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45788

Julia REDA
Email: julia.reda [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45732

Email: axel.voss [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45302

Email: evelyne.gebhardt [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45466

Angelika NIEBLER
Email: angelika.niebler [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32 (0) 2 28 45390

Email: rainer.wieland [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 47545

Email: tiemo.woelken [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45431

If you are from Portugal, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: antonio.marinhoepinto [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45403

If you are from Bulgaria, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: aemil.radev [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45189

Email: aangel.dzhambazki [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45697

If you are from Austria, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: evelyn.regner [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45476

If you are from Hungary, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: jozsef.szajer [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45871

If you are from Romania, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Daniel BUDA
Email: daniel.buda [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45110

If you are from Lithuania, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Antanas GUOGA
Email: antanas.guoga [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45522

Email: viktor.uspaskich [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45339

If you are from Finland, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: heidi.hautala [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45518

If you are from Denmark, you should contact (change [at] for @):

Email: jens.rohde [at]
Brussels Office Phone: +32(0)2 28 45569

European Parliament by Francisco Antunes Creative Commons BY


W3C: Não ao DRM na Web Hoje no Centro de Congressos, Lisboa

Hoje, à entrada do Centro de Congressos de Lisboa entre as 18h e as 21h30, onde a W3C vai estar reunida, vai haver um protesto contra a introdução de DRM na Web, que fará com que o HTML deixe de ser uma norma aberta.

Localização do protesto aqui:

Em breve, a W3C vai decidir se permite a introdução de DRM na norma HTML ou não, pelo que este protesto será uma das últimas oportunidades, se não mesmo a última, para dizermos à W3C que a Web deve continuar a ser aberta e para todos, tal como o seu criador faz questão de sublinhar. Dentro do W3C esta matéria não é consensual, não só por fechar a norma, mas também por questões de segurança (note-se que os componentes em questão não podem ser verificados, e por isso não podemos saber o que esses componentes irão fazer, que informações irão retirar dos nossos computadores, telemóveis ou tablets, para onde irão enviar essas informações, o que será feito com essa informação). Hoje em dia, aplicações que usam DRM já fazem isto (como aconteceu com o Adobe Digital Editions), a diferença é que hoje nós podemos escolher não ter DRM no nosso computador, mas se a W3C aprovar isto, não vamos poder escolher.

Por outro lado, o W3C tem membros, como a Netflix, a Google e a Microsoft, que estão a fazer uma força enorme para que o DRM no HTML seja aprovado.

Apareçam hoje entre as 18h e as 22h, se não puderem estar às 18h, podem aparecer até às 22h. A ANSOL e a AEL vão distribuir flyers, vamos tentar falar novamente com membros do W3C que venham até à entrada.

Se quiserem saber mais, o Marcos criou um breve texto bastante claro sobre esta questão e o que está em causa, que pode ser lido aqui.


Adobe: All your data are belong to us #DRM

LT - Technology - Digital Annotation

Nate Hoffelder told us yesterday that Adobe is collecting data about the ebooks you read through the Digital Editions 4, which was confirmed by several other persons, including Ars Technica. Nate says:

Adobe is gathering data on the ebooks that have been opened, which pages were read, and in what order. All of this data, including the title, publisher, and other metadata for the book is being sent to Adobe’s server in clear text.

I am not joking; Adobe is not only logging what users are doing, they’re also sending those logs to their servers in such a way that anyone running one of the servers in between can listen in and know everything.

What is really disturbing is that Adobe seems not only to be gathering data on their DRMed ebooks, but also in other ebooks you might have in your hard drive.

Also disturbing is the response from Adobe to Ars Technica, that seems to address the security of the transmission, but it is not clear if they intend to stop getting data from ebooks that don’t have Adobe’s DRM.

Go to Nate’s blog to know more about this.

** Image by Matt Cornock CC-BY

Remember: #DRM is never good news

DRM locks Books

If you like to read ebooks, you should read this post, get scared, then read the update (both from the Nate Hoffelder’s excellent blog), then think.

So, the story goes like this: Adobe decided to upgrade their DRM and to force everyone (ebookstores, app and device makers) to do the upgrade by July 2014, meaning that lots of readers would not be able to access the books they bought, anymore. Adobe’s clients (ebook stores, app and device makers) made some noise, so Adobe decided to “revise the migration timetable for customers“.

Nate starts his second post with “good news”. It is not good news. Moving the problem forward is not good news. Sooner or later, you’ll loose your DRMed ebooks, because sooner or later DRM companies will change their technology. And doesn’t matter if we talk about Adobe, Apple, Amazon or Google, because none of these companies will take you into consideration unless they expect you to give them more money.

Demand DRM-free ebooks. And while at that, tell European Commission you don’t want DRM (deadline 5th March 2014).

Direitos contra Direitos

O DRM-PT foi convidado pela organização do evento Direitos contra Direitos para estar presente com uma banca, e explicar aos interessados quais são os perigos do DRM e o que fazer para os combater.

Com flyers, vídeos, animações, apresentações e até algumas coisas para oferecer, lá estaremos!

  • Quando: 6 de Setembro de 2009
  • Onde: Academia Contemporânea do Espetáculo, Praça Coronel Pacheco, 1 – PORTO
  • entrada livre

Sobre o Evento

As questões mais polémicas, as posições de um extremo ao outro e as questões do momento sobre direitos de autor e propriedade intelectual vão estar na mesa este domingo, no Porto, naquela que é a primeira grande discussão em Portugal sobre o tema. Todos estão convidados assistir aos debates e às mesas redondas do Direitos contra Direitos na Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo.

Francisco Louçã, Marisa Matias, Rui Tavares, Miguel Guedes, Adolfo Luxúria Canibal, Agnès Tricoire, Joost Smiers e Aranda da Silva são apenas alguns dos muitos nomes que estarão presentes.

A partir das 21h30 há concertos com a Jigsaw e Ballis Band e depois a festa continua com o DJ Rodrigo Affreixo.

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