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13. September 2011

The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

The multi-stakeholder Global Congress, convened in Washington, DC on 25-27 August 2011, issued The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. A powerful statement for the public welfare purposes, such as education and health, that all legal protection of immaterial creations and inventions serves. Read, discuss and sign the Declaration here. Point to it. Make it come alive in your daily policy work. (more…)

3. August 2011

„Open Content Licensing. From Theory to Practice“ Launched

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open_content_licensing_smJust off the press: Lucie Guibault, Christina Angelopoulos (eds.), Open Content Licensing. From Theory to Practice, Amsterdam University Press 2011.

Full text download / Table of Content.

„To promote the use of open content licenses, it is important to better understand the theoretical underpinnings of these licenses, as well as to gain insight into the practical advantages and inconveniences of their use. Moreover, given that the most widely used licenses, such as the GPL and the Creative Commons licenses, originate from the United States, it is also important to examine their validity and applicability from a European law perspective. This book assembles chapters written by renowned European scholars on a number of selected issues relating to open content licensing. It offers a comprehensive and objective study of the principles of open content from a European intellectual property law perspective and of their possible implementation in practice. To date, no other in-depth legal analysis has been carried out in Europe on the capacity of the open content licensing model – as a whole – to serve as an enabling factor in the dissemination and use of information.“

The collection goes back to the Academy Colloquium entitled ‘Open Content Licences: New Models for Accessing and Licensing Knowledge’, held in April 2006, organized by the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam, in conjunction with Creative Commons Netherlands. Three additional chapters are adapted from studies carried out in recent years for Creative Commons Netherlands and made possible thanks to a subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

It includes contributions by Gerald Spindler, Séverine Dusollier, Till Kreutzer and Mireille van Eechoud. My essay is entitled „Towards a New Social Contract: Free-Licensing into the Knowledge Commons.“ A significantly extended version will be published shortly.

7. Juni 2011

netz.macht.kultur, Berlin, 9.-10.6.2011 [Update]


Die Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft und die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung laden am 9. und 10. Juni zum 6. Kulturpolitischen Bundeskongress ins Hotel Aquino Tagungszentrum, Hannoversche Straße 5b, 10115 Berlin-Mitte. Das Programm bietet unter anderem folgende Highlights: (more…)

25. Januar 2011

Conference „Rethink Music“: 25-27 April 2011, Boston


Berklee College of Music and MIDEM debut the Rethink Music Conference

In association with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Harvard Business School, Rethink Music will examine the business and rights challenges facing the music industry in the digital era and formulate solutions to promote the creation and distribution of new music and other creative works.

The Call for Papers ends at the end of January.

24. Januar 2011

Bündnis  90/Die  Grünen Kiel: Kulturflatrate und Abmahnwahn

11-02-03_Grüne-Kiel-KF-Flyer-1SAuf  dem  Podium:
* Dr. Volker Grassmuck, Medienwissenschaftler
* Marlene Löhr, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Landesvorsitzende
* Thorsten Fürter, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Abgeordneter  des  Landtags, netzpolitischer  Sprecher

* Dr. Konstantin von Notz, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Bundestagsabgeordneter, innen- und netzpolitischer Sprecher

Siehe auch die Facebook-Seite zur Veranstaltung

29. Dezember 2010

Open Letter by the Brazilian civil society to President-elect Roussef and Minister of Culture Ana Buarque de Hollanda

Letter of civil society representatives to President Roussef and Minister of Culture Ana Buarque de Hollanda, 28 December 2010

(English translation of the Carta de representantes da sociedade civil à Presidente Dilma Roussef e à Ministra da Cultura Ana Buarque de Hollanda)

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations from civil society, in this letter express expectations and tasks for the formulation of public policies for culture, giving a warm welcome to Minister Ana de Hollanda, the first woman to hold the position.

We write in order to cooperate with your administration that is about to begin, as we have done over the past eight years with the Ministry of Culture, assured that President Dilma Rousseff wishes that the policies and guidance that have earned the Ministry relevance, prominence and broad support from civil society, be continued and expanded.


27. Dezember 2010

Dilma announced new minister of culture – and the end of the copyright reform?

Rumors were boiling during the last weeks who president-elect Dilma Rousseff will appoint as her new minister of culture. On Monday, 20 December, as one of the last cabinet posts she announced her decision. After five and a half years under Gilberto Gil and two and a half years under Juca Ferreira, the Ministry of Culture (MinC) will be headed by Ana Maria Buarque de Hollanda. This might mean the end of the copyright law bill of the previous administration. It most certainly means the end of the public oversight of collecting societies that the bill was to establish, and quite likely it means the end of the Sharing Licence.

See addendum 5.1.2011

Tradução do texto em Português do Brasil por Gustavo Lapido Loureiro.


10. Dezember 2010

A Licence to End the War on Sharing (presentation at the Free Culture Forum 2010)

This is my presentation at the second Free Culture Forum on 29 October in Barcelona. You can watch the video recording (ogg, starting at 00:12:00), look at my slides (pdf) and read the slightly edited text here:


Thanks for the invite. I am aware that my role, like that of Peter Jenner and Jamie Love, is to be a tomato-throwing target. I’m wearing red, so it’s not going to be problem for the laundry. Just one favour I’d like to ask from you: please watch out for my glasses.

Here is the short version of what I have been promoting for a number of years and what is now about to become a copyright bill in Brazil:

Legalizing file-sharing in exchange for a levy on broadband Internet access.


27. November 2010

New Momentum for Culture Flat-Rate in NL and DE

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Dutch artists unions and consumer association call for legalizing uploads in exchange for an Internet levy. A German study shows that half of Internet users favor a culture flat-rate. (more…)

8. November 2010

„Zugang“ / «Доступ», Goethe-Institut Moskau, 20.11.2010

Am 20. November von 17:00-19:00 Uhr MEZ (19:00-21:00 Uhr Moskauer Zeit, im Strelka-Institut, Zugang nur mit persönlicher Einladung) veranstaltet das Goethe-Institut Moskau unter dem Titel „Zugang“ eine Diskussion zu den Themen Netzpolitik, Kultur-Flatrate, Lizenzmodelle, Open Access und Creative Commons. Es diskutieren von russischer Seite: Ivan Sassurski, Chefredakteur der Online-Zeitung Tschastnyj korrespondent, Anton Merkurow, Journalist und Internetexperte, Michail Fedotow, Sekretär des Journalistenverbandes Russlands, Autor des heutigen russischen Mediengesetzes und  von deutscher Seite: Markus Beckedahl,, Sascha Kösch, Chefredakteur der Zeitschrift de:bug und ich. Der Moderator ist Aleksandr Pljuschtschew. Im Anschluss legen zwei Netaudio-DJs auf: DJ Aleksandar Janeski alias Psychoded und Sasha Khizhnyakov alias DJ Sascha Mix.

Die Videoaufzeichnung der Diskussion ist jetzt online. Außerdem hat das Goethe-Institut aus diesem Anlass das Webdossier „Digitale Gesellschaft: Zugang“ veröffentlicht. Mein Beitrag darin: RU: Лицензия на файлообмен и новый общественный договор в сфере культуры, DE: Die Sharing Licence und der neue kulturelle Sozialvertrag.


Die Diskussion war sehr angeregt und engagiert. Sie zeigte, dass das Internet uns überall vor die gleichen Fragen stellt, ob in Russland, Deutschland oder Brasilien. (more…)

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