[The EFF is]Â taking part inÂ Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation.
All around the world, copyright policy is on the agenda. In the United States, lawmakers are nearly two years into aÂ process that promises to lead to the “Next Great Copyright Act.”Â In Europe, parliamentarians are re-examining some of the basic elements of the “Information Society Directive.” In Australia, the Law Review Commission and the Attorney General areÂ butting heads about which direction to take reform. And through all this, courts and companies are changing the way we think about our relationship to media and technology.
Internet users need to be part of that discussion.
It’s Copyright Week: Let’s Take Copyright Back | Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Copyright used to be a pretty specialized area of law, one that didnâ€™t seem to affect the lives of most people. But with the proliferation of digital technologies and the Internet, a funny thing happened: copyright policy became speech policy, and it started to show up in all sorts of unexpected and unwelcome places.
It’s no longer the case that copyright is only a concern if you run the kind of company that has its own theme parks. Instead, copyright policy can have an effect on any user posting to her favorite sites, sharing videos she’s captured or photos she’s taken. It can affect your basic freedom to tinker, make, and repair your stuff.Â Â And it gives content owners, and governments, a powerful censorship tool, with far too little oversight.
Copyright Week: Taking Copyright Back | Electronic Frontier Foundation.