Christian Engström, Pirate MEP

10 april 2011

Copyright term extension will be voted this week

Postat i: Copyright Term Extension,English,informationspolitik — Christian Engström @ 13:17

This video from the Open Rights Group explains the background to the copyright term extension issue

Monday or Tuesday this upcoming week there will be another round in the fight against prolonging the copyright protection term for recorded music in the EU. Now is an opportunity to contact MEPs, Members of the European Parliament, and persuade them to vote against the term extension.

Background: In 2009, the EU discussed the issue of a term extension for the ”neighbouring rights” that record companies have to recorded music. These neighbouring rights are now 50 years from the recording of a song. The proposal was to extend them to 95 years. After a lively debate in the European Parliament, it was decided to extend them to 70 years. Then the issue got stuck in the Council of Ministers, where several countries (including Sweden and Denmark) felt that no extension was necessary. Now it appears that the Danish government has folded, which means that there is no longer a blocking minority in the Council.

Right now:
On the agenda for the meeting of the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee JURI this Monday and Tuesday, there has appeared a point about making certain formal corrections to the text that the European Parliament adopted (such as the date when the new rules should enter into force). It appears that they have been trying to give the issue a low profile. The documents were not sent out to members of the JURI committee until last Friday, after we had explicitly asked for them.

Now we need to raise some attention about this. It would also be useful if Members of the European Parliament (and in particular the ones in the JURI committee) start getting emails from citizens asking them to oppose the term extension.

We are now trying to find out whether it is enough if the changes to the parliament’s position are passed in the JURI committee, or if it will be voted in plenary as well. We will not know for certain until Monday morning.

There are several possibilities here. If the issue is still formally in ”first reading” in the Parliament (after the delay in the Council), there is a chance that we can get either the Green Group of 40 MEPs to demand that the issue is brought up for a renewed proper discussion. Since the European Parliament adopted its position, a new Parliament has been elected. It would be reasonable if we get a chance to have a say on the issue.

There are many questions, loose ends, rules, and possibilities. We who represent the Pirate Party in the European Parliament will be doing what we can. But the issue needs general attention. It would be very good if MEPs start getting mail about the issue. We also need blogs and media to take an interest.

This post is a translation of a blog post in Swedish by Henrik Alexandersson, who is my political assistant in the European Parliament.

This site will help you if you want to send mail to your MEPs, or you can use the official EU page to find the mail addresses.

Professor Bernt Hugenholtz at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam (IViR) writes more about the background, and provides links to the many arguments against copyright extension that are well rehearsed and almost universally endorsed by copyright scholars and economists across Europe.

Links from 2009:
The Commission’s proposal [PDF]
The European Parliament’s Legistative Observatory, with track changes.
Sound Copyright

Update: For subsequent developments, see the category Copyright Term Extension

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35 kommentarer

  1. who shall we mejl-bomb this time?!?

    Kommentar av manen — 10 april 2011 @ 19:44

  2. [...] paso al dominio público quede cada vez más lejos. El último movimiento lo tenemos esta semana, y me entero de él gracias al blog de Christian Engström, europarlamentario del Partido Pirata. El blog del movimiento Sound Copyright da el contexto: en 2009, la Unión Europea discutió la [...]

    Pingback av Grabaciones casi perpetuas | Las penas del Agente Smith — 11 april 2011 @ 6:01

  3. [...] (Pirate MEP), ‘Monday or Tuesday this upcoming week there will be another round in the fight against prolonging the copyright protection term for recorded music in the EU. Now is an opportunity to contact MEPs, Members of the European [...]

    Pingback av EU About To Vote On Copyright Extension | JetLib News — 11 april 2011 @ 8:53

  4. The link to send emails has been slashdotted and can’t be viewed.

    Kommentar av Anders Hedberg — 11 april 2011 @ 10:19

  5. [...] La extensión de la duración del copyright se votará es semana en el Parlamento Europeo [EN] christianengstrom.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/copyright-term…  por Find hace 3 segundos [...]

    Pingback av La extensión de la duración del copyright se votará es semana en el Parlamento Europeo [EN] — 11 april 2011 @ 10:28

  6. [...] Alerta del tema Christian Engström, prueba viva de lo importante que es para el ciudadano que haya representantes como él en las instituciones: lo que esta semana se vuelve a votar en el Parlamento es lo mismo que se votó anteriormente y que varios estudios, salvo los específicamente financiados por la industria discográfica, demostraron claramente que no beneficiaba a nadie más que a la industria discográfica. Extender la duración del copyright en Europa desde los actuales cincuenta años a los noventa y cinco solo funciona a la hora de generar más ingresos a los propietarios de grandes catálogos de derechos, mientras que ofrece ganancias imperceptibles a los creadores, supone un coste para los usuarios, perjudica el dominio público e incrementa el número de obras huérfanas. En lugar de trabajar para incrementar el copyright, lo que habría claramente que hacer es disminuir la fuerza de los monopolios de unas entidades de gestión y unas discográficas que estrangulan y limitan las posibilidades de los creadores. [...]

    Pingback av Extensión del copyright: ¿para quién trabajan los políticos? » El Blog de Enrique Dans — 11 april 2011 @ 10:33

  7. Well,

    your position would be much better supported perhaps if you would tell the audience why you are against extending copyright on audio recordings.

    Do you really think it is of public interest how long the copyright on a song is? Private copies are allowed in most countries. If *I* want a copy I surely have a friend who has it. I’m not hindered in any way by copyright law. So … if I want to make a business by reselling ”old” music, ofc I can’t do that so easy. But otoh, there won’t be much of a market anyway if it is freely copy able.

    I completely fail to understand why we should care about that. There are plenty of more important issues like Patents on Software or Algorithms, e.g.

    Regards

    Angelo

    Kommentar av Angelo Schneider — 11 april 2011 @ 10:39

  8. http://www.writetothem.com/ is a helpful website for people from the UK, if you don’t know your MEP’s contact details.

    Also how do your subscribe to the RSS feed on this blog? Can’t get it to work…

    Kommentar av Theo — 11 april 2011 @ 10:51

  9. [...] Swedish “Pirate” MEP Christian Engström has announced that today or tomorrow Europe will be voting on extending copyrights for recorded music from 50 years to 95 years. [...]

    Pingback av Conflict of interest? What? | Sinting Link — 11 april 2011 @ 11:36

  10. [...] wird nun in Europa abgestimmt, wie es auf Christian Engströms Blog heißt. Der Anspruch soll dann 90 Jahre lang gelten und nicht wie bisher für 50 [...]

    Pingback av Urheberrechtsanspruch für Musik wird verlängert | Boom&Bust — 11 april 2011 @ 11:48

  11. Dear Angelo,

    Mr. Engström was elected into parliament precisely because the public cares about how long the monopoly protection of an audio recording is.

    It is not just part of his job to judge whether people care. It is the whole reason he is there in the first place. He was elected on that very platform.

    Cheers,
    Rick

    Kommentar av Rick Falkvinge — 11 april 2011 @ 11:56

  12. [...] Alerta acerca del tema Christian Engström, prueba viva de lo importante que es para el ciudadano que haya representantes como él en las instituciones: lo que esta semana se vuelve a votar en el Parlamento es lo mismo que se votó anteriormente y que varios estudios, salvo los específicamente financiados por la industria discográfica, demostraron claramente que no beneficiaba a nadie más que a la industria discográfica. Extender la duración del copyright en Europa desde los actuales cincuenta años a los noventa y cinco solo funciona a la hora de generar más ingresos a los propietarios de grandes catálogos de derechos, mientras que ofrece ganancias imperceptibles a los creadores, supone un coste para los usuarios, perjudica el dominio público e incrementa el número de obras huérfanas. En lugar de trabajar para incrementar el copyright, lo que habría claramente que hacer es disminuir la fuerza de los monopolios de unas entidades de gestión y unas discográficas que estrangulan y limitan las posibilidades de los creadores. [...]

    Pingback av Extensión del copyright: ¿para quién trabajan los políticos? — 11 april 2011 @ 11:58

  13. Could you give any reference to EU site?

    Kommentar av tls — 11 april 2011 @ 12:05

  14. If the length becomes absurd, no one will respect it. People that think you can ‘write’ anything by law are just stupid. There are in various countries laws to ”control” guns. Problem ? Well. Criminals don’t give a fuck about law. So what do you think laws about gun control is going to do ? Nothing. Because criminals don’t care about those laws, or any law. Laws only work when people respect or obey them. The more extended those so called ”rights” (it’s not copy protection, it’s copy restriction. Did you guys ever heard of 1984 ? You do think that by misusing langage we are like small sheep gonna believe those lies ?) the more unlawful actions will occur.

    In the end, people will choose. Those laws are not respected today because we, the people, see them as either insane or going too far. You could even write ”death penalty” in the laws to any of us that would not respect it, we would not start respecting or following those laws either.

    This current culture is a read-only culture. What Internet has brought us is a going back to the read-write culture, which is what culture is about. Now that the cat is out of the bag, those majors, those persons are screwed. Because we realize they tried to fuck us, and failed. Because we also realize that we don’t give a fuck about those laws. 50 years ? 5000 years ? We don’t care anymore. Because you politicians have let corporations corrupt and misuse the law, now we don’t respect it. And you are really wondering about a copyright extension ? The more extended it is, the less people will accept or respect it.

    They’re screwed. And the closer to their death, the more noise they will do. But they will die.
    They know it. We know it. Let’s have some pop-corn and watch them die.

    Kommentar av Henry — 11 april 2011 @ 13:17

  15. Here is a new link with contact details to MEP:s:

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/geoSearch.do?language=EN

    Kommentar av Henrik Alexandersson — 11 april 2011 @ 13:50

  16. [...] Odds & Ends Tweet Tech:Copyright term extension will be voted this week: “Monday or Tuesday this upcoming week there will be another round in the fight against prolonging [...]

    Pingback av Morning Media Summary — 11 april 2011 @ 14:18

  17. @Henrik Alexandersson

    I rather meant some reference to the bill.

    Kommentar av tls — 11 april 2011 @ 14:25

  18. Welcome, all visitors from Slashdot!

    Kommentar av Christian Engström — 11 april 2011 @ 14:57

  19. [...] Alerta acerca del tema Christian Engström, prueba viva de lo importante que es para el ciudadano que haya representantes como él en las instituciones: lo que esta semana se vuelve a votar en el Parlamento es lo mismo que se votó anteriormente y que varios estudios, salvo los específicamente financiados por la industria discográfica, demostraron claramente que no beneficiaba a nadie más que a la industria discográfica. Extender la duración del copyright en Europa desde los actuales cincuenta años a los noventa y cinco solo funciona a la hora de generar más ingresos a los propietarios de grandes catálogos de derechos, mientras que ofrece ganancias imperceptibles a los creadores, supone un coste para los usuarios, perjudica el dominio público e incrementa el número de obras huérfanas. En lugar de trabajar para incrementar el copyright, lo que habría claramente que hacer es disminuir la fuerza de los monopolios de unas entidades de gestión y unas discográficas que estrangulan y limitan las posibilidades de los creadores. [...]

    Pingback av El Blog de Enrique Dans | Linkeando — 11 april 2011 @ 15:14

  20. This might be a more useful list of MEPs: it has the ones specifically on JURI: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/membersCom.do?language=en&body=JURI Has there been any more news from today’s meetings?

    Once again we see why we need Pirates in the European Parliament; I imagine we wouldn’t even be hearing about this if it weren’t for Christian.

    Kommentar av Duke — 11 april 2011 @ 15:53

  21. [...] a bit of lobbying from the entertainment industry) is quickly snowballing into the EU Commission moving forward with copyright term extension across Europe. Multiple economic studies have shown that such extensions do not benefit society. In fact, they [...]

    Pingback av EU Getting Ready To Vote On Unnecessary Copyright Extension | Geek News and Musings — 11 april 2011 @ 16:20

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  23. [...] pågår nu en strid i EU organisationen om att utöka längden på upphovsrätten för musik. Det är fortsättningen på förslaget från 2008 där man ville dubbla musikens skyddstid från [...]

    Pingback av EU vill utöka upphovsrätten för musik | Anders S Lindbäck @ Kunskapssamhället — 11 april 2011 @ 18:27

  24. I was taking an initiative, but realized I did not know what to write.
    If we want them to debate about it again, what are the arguments? Why should they debate.
    I find myself lacking and don’t have time to study this topic in depth.
    So anyone who is familiar with this material, please set up a letter that we can send.

    Kommentar av Demian — 11 april 2011 @ 20:16

  25. [...] a bit of lobbying from the entertainment industry) is quickly snowballing into the EU Commission moving forward with copyright term extension across Europe. Multiple economic studies have shown that such extensions do not benefit society. In fact, they [...]

    Pingback av EU Getting Ready To Vote On Unnecessary Copyright Extension | The Best Damn Tech Blog — 11 april 2011 @ 20:26

  26. [...] y como recuerda en su página web Christian Engström, miembro del Parlamento Europeo por el Partido Pirata de Suecia, actualmente [...]

    Pingback av Europa votará esta semana la ampliación del ‘copyright’ en la música a 70 años — 12 april 2011 @ 9:34

  27. The neighbouring should not be extended until the current rights can be secured. It takes only a couple of days before the copyright is infringed using sites as The Pirate Bay, supported by the Swedish Pirate Party.

    Kommentar av nejtillpirater — 12 april 2011 @ 15:14

  28. [...] y como recuerda en su página web Christian Engström, miembro del Parlamento Europeo por el Partido Pirata de Suecia, actualmente [...]

    Pingback av Europa votará esta semana la ampliación del ‘copyright’ en la música a 70 años | Cero Blog — 13 april 2011 @ 4:45

  29. [...] paso de las grabaciones de los grandes éxitos musicales de los años sesenta al dominio público desencadena una nueva ofensiva para extender los derechos de las grabaciones: es decir, el equilibrio se rompe siempre por el mismo lado, el de la sociedad: “El uno de [...]

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  30. [...] pasado 12 de Abril se realizó una votación en el comité JURI (Asuntos Legales) del Parlamento Europeo para corregir un defecto técnico de la directiva aprobada [...]

    Pingback av Cómo parar la extensión del copyright a 70 años — 20 april 2011 @ 12:08

  31. [...] pasado 12 de Abril se realizó una votación en el comité JURI (Asuntos Legales) del Parlamento Europeo para corregir un defecto técnico de la directiva aprobada [...]

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  32. [...] Schweiz och Holland som ville prata med Christian angående det liggande lagförslaget om att förlänga upphovsrättstiden. De diskuterade strategier för stoppa förlängningen av [...]

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  33. [...] de los grandes éxitos musicales de los años sesenta al dominio público desencadena una nueva ofensiva para extender los derechos de las grabaciones: es decir, el equilibrio se rompe siempre por el mismo lado, el de la sociedad: “El uno de [...]

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